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Soaring euro punches past parity

EUR/USD has extended its impressive rally and is trading at 1.0019, up 0.60% on the day. The US dollar was broadly lower on Friday after the nonfarm payroll report and the euro rocketed 2.1%.

German industrial orders rebound

The week started on a high note in Germany, as Industrial Production for September rose for the first time in two months, up 0.6% MoM. This followed a -1.2% reading in August and beat the forecast of 0.2%. The reading was surprisingly strong, given that industrial companies continue to complain about bottlenecks and a  shortage of products. Last week, German Factory Orders fell by 4.0% and the war in Ukraine and the energy crisis remain significant headwinds for German industry and the economy as a whole.

The grim economic outlook is a major headache for ECB policymakers, who must maneuver delicately between soaring inflation and a weak eurozone economy. The ECB joined the rate-hiking dance late and finds itself well behind the inflation curve, as headline inflation in the eurozone jumped to 10.7% in October, up from 9.9% in September. The ECB will have to double down on its rate hikes in order lower double-digit inflation and ECB President Lagarde has said that she will use “all the tools” available to bring inflation back to the ECB’s 2% target.

The US dollar retreated against all the major currencies on Friday, and the euro took full advantage, with gains above 2%. Investors were looking for any excuse to plow into equities after a dreadful spell, and the employment report provided the opportunity, as nonfarm payrolls fell to 200,000, down from 315,000, the lowest level since December 2020. As well, unemployment rose from 3.5% to 3.7%, while the increase in wage growth was conveniently ignored. The likelihood of the next rate hike being 0.50%, rather than 0.75%, has risen since the NFP release, which sent the dollar sharply lower. Still, the rate forecasts are sure to change, with another NFP release and two inflation reports still to come before the meeting.


EUR/USD Technical

  • EUR/USD faces resistance at 1.0047 and 1.0134
  • There is support at 0.9888 and 0.9801

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Kenny Fisher
A highly experienced financial market analyst with a focus on fundamental analysis, Kenneth Fisher’s daily commentary covers a broad range of markets including forex, equities and commodities. His work has been published in several major online financial publications including, Seeking Alpha and FXStreet. Based in Israel, Kenny has been a MarketPulse contributor since 2012.
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