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EUR/USD crashes below 0.9920

EUR/USD crashes below 0.9920
  • EUR/USD plummets almost 1% after encouraging US economic data.
  • The US manufacturing PMI shows that the US economy remains in expansion territory.
  • The money market futures odds of a 75 basis point rate hike by the Fed stand at 75%.

The EUR/USD breaks below parity, extending losses after hitting a weekly high of 1.0079 on Wednesday, but better-than-expected S&P Global and US ISM Manufacturing data further strengthens the case for a rate hike of 75 basis points by the Fed at the September meeting.

EUR/USD opened near daily highs at 1.0050 but fell below parity after upbeat US economic data releases pushed recession fears to the background. Therefore, EUR/USD is trading around daily lows at 0.9915, below its opening price.

EUR/USD slumps after good US economic data.
Risk aversion drives global equities further down. The US ISM Manufacturing report for August aligned with July’s data at 52.8, beating street estimates of 51.9. Although the data was positive, it is the second lowest reading since June 2020. The subcomponent of the price index fell 7.5 percentage points to 52.5 from 60, portraying the effect of the Federal Reserve’s tightening policy.

Timothy R. Fiore, President of the ISM, “The US manufacturing sector continues to expand at a rate similar to that of the previous two months,” commenting that new orders returned to expansion levels. He added that companies continued to hire at a strong pace in August, with few signs of layoffs.

Coincidentally, initial US jobless claims for the week ending August 27 rose by 232,000, below estimates of 248,000, the Labor Department reported.

For two consecutive days, the US employment data reinforces the Fed’s thesis that in the US, despite being in a technical recession, as shown by GDP, the economy is strong. Wednesday’s JOLTs report, with vacancies above 11 million, coupled with declining jobless claims and ISM Manufacturing PMI hiring comments, could herald a strong US Non-Farm Payrolls report. USA on Friday.

On Friday, the US Labor Bureau (BLS) is expected to release additional employment data. Economists forecast that the economy will add 298,000 jobs and the unemployment rate will remain at 3.5%.

Meanwhile, expectations for a 75 basis point rate hike at the Fed’s September policy meeting pointed to a 75% chance of such a hike.

During the European session, most European country manufacturing PMIs revealed by S&P Global were in contraction territory, with the exception of France. German retail sales beat estimates of -6.6%, falling -2.6%, while the EU unemployment rate was unchanged.

What must be considered

The EU economic calendar will include the German trade balance and the producer price index (PPI) of the common bloc. In the US, the non-farm payrolls report for August, along with the unemployment rate, will shed some light on the direction of EUR/USD.

Technical levels


Last Price Today 0.9932
Today’s Daily Change -0.0121
Today’s Daily Change % -1.20
Today’s Daily Opening 1.0053
20 Daily SMA 1.0111
50 Daily SMA 1.0195
100 Daily SMA 1.0405
200 Daily SMA 1.0809
Previous Daily High 1.0079
Previous Daily Minimum 0.9971
Previous Maximum Weekly 1,009
Previous Weekly Minimum 0.9901
Monthly Prior Maximum 1.0369
Previous Monthly Minimum 0.9901
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 1.0038
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 1.0013
Daily Pivot Point S1 0.999
Daily Pivot Point S2 0.9927
Daily Pivot Point S3 0.9882
Daily Pivot Point R1 1.0098
Daily Pivot Point R2 1.0142
Daily Pivot Point R3 1.0205

Source: Fx Street