Technical Analysis

EUR/USD Price Analysis – Jan 15, 2024

By LonghornFX Technical Analysis
Jan 15, 20244 min

Daily Price Outlook 

The EUR/USD currency pair maintained its winning streak and remained well-bid around the 1.0955 level. The reason for its upward trend could be linked to the bearish US Dollar (USD) and a risk-on environment, providing support to the EUR/USD currency pair. The broad-based US dollar saw a slight dip in Asian trade on Monday. This was driven by expectations of early interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve, with a 70% chance of a 25 basis point cut in March, up from 64% last week. Traders are closely watching Fed officials' speeches this week for insights into the bank's rate-cutting plans, while upcoming US retail sales data will impact the country's inflation outlook.

European Central Bank's Cautious Stance on Interest Rates Amidst Economic Uncertainty

It is worth noting that European Central Bank (ECB) officials stress the importance of waiting for more economic data before deciding on rate changes. ECB's chief economist, Philip Lane, mentioned they'll have crucial data by June to consider a series of interest rate cuts. Acting too soon might backfire. Last week, ECB President Christine Lagarde indicated that the toughest part of dealing with inflation might be over. She mentioned that if the ECB is confident inflation is below 2%, they would consider cutting interest rates. So, the ECB is cautious and waiting for solid data before making decisions on rate normalization.

Therefore, the EURUSD pair could experience increased volatility as traders respond to the ECB's cautious approach to interest rates. Uncertainty about potential rate cuts based on economic data may influence the pair's direction in the coming months.

Market Speculation on Fed Rate Cuts Amidst U.S. Producer Price Index Drop

In December, the U.S. Producer Price Index (PPI) unexpectedly dropped, leading to speculation about potential interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve (Fed) in 2024. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a 1.0% yearly increase in December, slightly higher than November's 0.8%. However, the core PPI remained steady, causing the annual increase to decrease from 2.0% to 1.8%. This slowing inflation has investors anticipating significant rate cuts, with the market expecting a total of 160 basis points (bps) reduction by the Fed throughout the year.

According to the CME FedWatch tool, traders now give a 70% probability to a 25 basis point cut in March, up from 64% a week ago. Investors' confidence in early rate cuts was reinforced by Friday's data, showing a larger-than-expected decline in the producer price index inflation for December. It's worth noting that this report contrasts with earlier data indicating a more significant-than-anticipated increase in Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation during the same month.

Hence, the EUR/USD pair may experience volatility as the unexpected drop in the U.S. Producer Price Index raises speculation of Federal Reserve interest rate cuts. Traders will closely monitor developments for potential currency fluctuations.

EUR/USD Price Chart - Source: Tradingview
EUR/USD Price Chart - Source: Tradingview

EUR/USD - Technical Analysis

On Monday, the EUR/USD pair presents a cautiously optimistic technical landscape as it edges up by 0.04%, currently positioned at 1.0955. The minor uptick may appear trivial at first glance, but it holds within it the potential energy of an impending larger move. The chart's daily timeframe reveals a currency pair flirting with its pivot point—also its current price—of $1.0955, indicating a pivot in market sentiment that could be the precursor to more decisive movements.

Immediate resistance levels are arrayed above, beginning at $1.0997, with subsequent barriers at $1.1045 and $1.1086. These thresholds will test the pair's resilience and the bulls' determination. On the flip side, supports loom below at $1.0907, $1.0863, and $1.0819, potentially offering reprieve to the pair should bearish pressures mount.

Technical indicators offer a nuanced narrative. The RSI is neutral at 48, hinting at a market in balance, while the MACD's slight dip below its signal line suggests that the currency pair could be on the cusp of a downward shift, albeit tentatively so. The 50 EMA at $1.0958 further corroborates the pivot point's role as a critical juncture.

An upward trendline has been traced, marking out a trajectory of support around 1.096, which, if held, could see the pair mounting a challenge on higher resistances.

In conclusion, the EUR/USD maintains a neutral overall trend with an inclination towards bullish behavior in the short term. Traders may consider a strategic entry with a buy limit order at 1.0942, eyeing a take profit level at 1.0998, and a stop loss at 1.0916 to manage potential downside risk.

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