Euro under pressure over deflation, Brexit

EUR/USD is showing limited movement on Friday. In the European session, EUR/USD is trading at 1.1722, up 0.13% on the day. The euro has had a rough week, as EUR/USD is down 0.90%, erasing last week’s gains.

Inflation falls in the eurozone

Inflation levels remain weak in the eurozone, with September showing an annual inflation rate of -0.3%, lower than the -0.2% read in August. Core CPI slowed to a rate of 0.2% year-on-year in September, down from 0.4% in August. The combination of the severe economic downturn due to Covid-19 and the high value of the euro is weighing heavily on inflation levels. The continuing spectre of deflation remains a serious headache for policymakers, but the negative trend could continue for some time. In September, ECB President Christine Lagarde acknowledged that inflation “is expected to remain negative over the coming months”.

 

Brexit tensions worsen as EU leaders blame UK

European leaders met in Brussels on Thursday, and presented a united front against the UK, as the Brexit negotiations have faltered badly. French President Macron said that a “deal will not be made at any price” and warned that France was ready for a no-deal scenario. His sentiments were echoed by German President Merkel. The Europeans are insisting that the UK be more flexible, but the British government isn’t having any of it. The UK chief negotiator, David Frost, said he was “disappointed” with the summit and the lack of flexibility by the EU in the Brexit talks. Although the negotiations will continue next week, there is a pessimistic air around the talks, as both sides continue to blame the other for holding up an agreement.

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EUR/USD Technical

  • There is weak resistance at 1.1748. The next resistance line is at 1.1787
  • We find support at 1.1679, followed by a support line at 1.1649
  • The 50-day MA is slightly above the pair

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Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher joined OANDA in 2012 as a Currency Analyst. Kenny writes a daily column about current economic and political developments affecting the major currency pairs, with a focus on fundamental analysis. Kenny began his career in forex at Bendix Foreign Exchange in Toronto, where he worked as a Corporate Account Manager for over seven years.

Kenny Fisher
Kenny Fisher