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Euro Analysis (EUR/USD, EUR/JPY)

EUR/USD Driven by Countertrend Move is Yields, USD

In an unsurprising fashion markets have cooled off in anticipation of today’s NFP print which was always going to be the standout event this week. Lackluster EU PMI data at the start of the week sent the euro lower against most of its peers as the European economy stagnates. Europe’s largest economy, Germany is on the verge of recession with Q2 GDP coming in flat and Q3 not looking rosy by any stretch of the imagination.

However, the driving force for global FX has been the latest development in global bond yields. US Treasury yields at the latter end of the curve (10, 20 and 30-year yields) have been surging in recent weeks. The German 10-year Bund yield has also risen to a large degree but has failed to outpace rising Treasury yields.

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The concern with bond yields is the emergence of a ‘term premium’ as investors require greater compensation for having their funds locked in for longer periods due to the risk of increasing government deficit spending and ballooning debt servicing costs. Don’t forget the recent downgrade of US credit which adds further to the problem. Higher US yields elevate mortgage repayments which further constrains economic activity at a time when the Fed is looking to end the hiking cycle.

German 10-Year Bund Yield

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Source: TradingView, prepared by Richard Snow

EUR/USD: NFP to Continue Long-Term Downtrend?

Non-farm payroll data later today has the potential to re-engage the EUR/USD downtrend should there be an upside surprise. However other labour data this week suggests an upside surprise is the least likely outcome.

On Tuesday, job openings shot up towards 10 million after experiencing some easing over the past few months but private payroll data from ADP disappointed (89K vs 153k). The outside chance of a hot NFP print is likely to inspire a continuation of the EUR/USD downtrend as yields and the dollar take center stage once again. A print in line or a sizeable miss could act to extend the pullback. Should there be more progress in US inflation (due next week) the pair may actually see a longer lasting correction.

Support comes in at 1.0520, followed by the recent swing low. Resistance appears at the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement at 1.0610.

EUR/USD Daily Chart

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Source: TradingView, prepared by Richard Snow

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EUR/JPY: Range Breakdown Runs out of Momentum

EUR/JPY witnessed a sharp decline towards the end of last week as speculation built around possible FX intervention by Japanese officials. The countertrend moves experienced this week, now sees the pair trading higher, about to reenter the prior range of consolidation.

The threat of FX intervention still looms as the yen struggles to gain sustained traction. Something to note ahead of this afternoon is that prior FX intervention towards the end of 2022 took place in the latter stages of the London session and on a Friday too.

Resistance appears at 158 – a major level of resistance and support comes in all the way down at 154.40.

EUR/JPY Daily Chart

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Source: TradingView, prepared by Richard Snow

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