ECB Speakers Fail to Boost EUR as US Debt Ceiling Concerns Grow


Yesterday’s gains for the euro has been pared back this morning as the USD recovers. Despite US CPI falling in line with expectations and advocating for almost 3 rate cuts by year end (money market pricing), risk sentiment is souring due to the lack of confidence in US debt ceiling talks. The safe haven appeal of the US dollar has thus garnered support against the EUR and could provide a floor for EUR/USD until such time as a decision materializes.

The eurozone looks to further European Central Bank (ECB) officials today in what is a light economic calendar for the region. Expect more hawkish commentary particularly from the ECB’s Schnabel; however, as we saw yesterday, there was no real follow through from ECB guidance. The European session has already kicked off with the ECB’s Nagel citing sticky inflation and the need for higher for longer rates – but has not translated once again.

Chinese CPI and PPI data missed forecasts during the Asian session and has since dampened risk sentiment. Concerns around China’s economic growth and local demand has weighed on the euro thus exacerbating risk aversion from the US debt ceiling subject.

Later today (see economic calendar below), US PPI alongside jobless claims data will come into focus followed by FOMC members Waller and Kashkari.






Chart prepared by Warren Venketas, IG

Daily EUR/USD price action has broken below the ascending channel (black) and a daily candle close below this level could prompt a further euro sell-off. This will be contingent on US factors (primary debt ceiling guidance) which is why the Relative Strength Index (RSI) reflects hesitation.

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