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EUR/USD clings to 1.06 as dollar rally pauses 

 

The euro (EUR/USD)has fallen below the $1.06 level, marking its lowest point since mid-March. This decline is attributed to growing indications that the European Central Bank (ECB) may put a halt to its series of interest rate hikes. 

The ECB is shifting its focus towards addressing concerns about an economic slowdown, which have taken precedence over worries about inflation. Market sentiment has shifted to not expecting any more rate increases this year, and there's even speculation of a potential rate cut by next June, with a rate reduction being largely anticipated by July.  

In a statement on Monday, ECB President Christine Lagarde indicated that policymakers believe the bank's current policy rates would stay restrictive for as long as necessary

ECB board member Villeroy de Galhau, however, suggested the ECB needed to be cautious and avoid pushing the economy to the brink, avoiding a “hard landing”, which implied a preference for not raising rates further.  
 
"’Testing until it breaks' is not a sensible way to calibrate monetary policy," he said. "This suggests that we should now focus on the persistence of policy rather than the constant pushing of rates higher – duration rather than level." 

Nonetheless, certain policymakers have hinted that an interest rate hike could still be on the table, given the persistent high inflation in the eurozone. In August, eurozone inflation stood at 5.2%, — well above the ECB's target of 2%. 

 

EURUSD news: Higher-for-longer rhetoric from Fed bolsters greenback 

 

The euro is also facing pressure from renewed strength in the U.S. dollar (USDX), bolstered by the Federal Reserve’s commitment to another rate hike before the end of the year. On Monday, two Fed officials, Chicago Fed President Austan Goolsbee and Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari, both reiterated the central bank’s intention to keep interest rates “higher for longer". 

The U.S. dollar index has gained close to 1% on the news, trading relatively flat close to the 106 level during trading on Tuesday.  

Long-term U.S. Treasury bond yields have also soared, with ten-year U.S. Treasury yields suring by 25 basis points within a single week, reaching a new 16-year high of 4.5660% early on Tuesday.  
 
According to Deutsche Bank, this level holds historical significance, considering that the average 10-year yield dating back to 1799 has been around 4.50%. 

Thirty-year U.S. Treasury bond yields saw an increase of over 30 basis points in just one week, soaring to a 12-year high of 4.6840%. 

Private sector bankers are starting to brace for the worst, with JP Morgan chief Jamie Dimon reported overnight as warning:  

"Going from zero to 2% was almost no increase. Going from zero to 5% caught some people off guard, but no one would have taken 5% out of the realm of possibility. I am not sure if the world is prepared for 7%.” 

Some analysts, however, have pointed to the finite nature of the Fed’s contraction cycle — and the overly strong U.S. dollar. 

 

EURUSD forecast: Euro remains ‘soft’, could sink further in short term 

 

Economists at German lender Commerzbank provided a detailed outlook on the EUR/USD pair, pointing towards the euro’s weakness likely being temporary, as the U.S. economy may cool down, prompting the end of the Fed’s tightening and dollar correction: 

“At the moment the central bankers’ ‘higher for longer’ is mainly supported by data in the US, which means that the Fed’s statements seem more convincing. It can be assumed though that the restrictive monetary policy will have an effect on the US economy, with the economy cooling further. Whether the ‘higher for longer’ will then still convince is obviously questionable and the USD strength might turn out to be excessive.

Of course, it remains to be seen when the data might cause doubts amongst market participants. US consumer confidence due for publication today is not likely to cause that as it should continue to point to solid consumption. The data due for publication over the rest of the week is unlikely to provide much new (negative) information either.

Consumer price data from the Eurozone, due for publication at the end of the week, on the other hand, might point towards easing price pressure. That means EUR/USD might remain under depreciation pressure for now.”

Scotiabank Chief Currency Strategist Shaun Osborne also saw tentative downward pressure building for the euro to dollar rate: 
 
 

“Intraday charts suggest a tentative, short-term low may be developing in EUR/USD. The 1 and 6-hour charts reflect bullish price signals developing over the past few hours.

Whether the EUR can develop any significant upside movement in the near-term remains to be seen though. Resistance is likely to develop around 1.0635/1.0645. Support is 1.0535.”

 

In the latest FX Daily overview, Chris Turner, Global Head of Markets at ING, also said the euro to dollar rate had room for a potential downside: 

“Not helping the euro has been data released showing that world merchandise trade volumes fell another 0.6% month-on-month in July. As a relatively open economy, the eurozone suffers from a declining trade environment, as does the euro. Our banking analysts have also written that the ECB is considering raising the Minimum Reserve Requirement for the banks that it supervises. This would tighten conditions still further and add more growth pessimism in the euro area. The Eurostoxx 50 index is now down nearly 8% from its highs at the start of August.

EUR/USD remains soft having broken below support at 1.0600/0610. Without support from extreme under-valuation or existing heavy short positioning, EUR/USD looks as though it could sink into the 1.0480/1.0510 support area.”

 

In their latest FX Snapshot on September 25, analysts at Citibank Hong Kong were fairly optimistic in their euro forecast, saying the ECB would likely keep rates higher longer than the Fed, providing potential support for the single market currency in the longer term:    

 

"What still remains unchanged is the ECB’s rate cut trajectory as priced by OIS rates still remains much shallower than cuts priced for the Fed. More importantly, both the euro area and China look to be at a cyclical bottom currently while the US economic cycle seems to be peaking.

All these factors put together point to the ECB likely maintaining tighter financial conditions for longer than the Fed – this may be supportive of EURUSD or at least put a firmer floor at the current levels.”

 

Citi’s 3-month euro to dollar forecast was relatively bullish, considering the current rate of $1.059, placing the EUR/USD exchange rate at a potential average of $1.08. The 6-to-12-month forecast was bearish, suggesting that the euro to dollar rate could drop back down to $1.06, according to the bank.  
 
The bank's long-term projection for EURUSD was bullish, projecting the pair to recover and trade at a potential average of $1.20. 

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Past performance is not indicative of any future results. This information is provided for informative purposes only and should not be construed to be investment advice. 

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