Now that’s how you stage a come-from-behind victory! The euro took a beating early in the day as EUR/USDslumped to as low as 1.2995. However, it regained its composure once the London session began and took the pair up to 1.3137, where it ended the day with a 69-pip gain.
Surprisingly enough, the euro was able to defy gravity despite the fact that Spanish 10-year bond yields climbed above 6% yesterday (first time since November 2011!). And what a time for it to happen! Spain is set to sell up to 3 billion EUR of its 12 and 18-month bills today, and another 2.5 billion EUR of debt on Thursday. If bond yields keep rising ahead of these two major auctions, it could result in another round of risk aversion.
Take note, we also have a few heavy-hitting reports due from the euro zone later in the day.
The German ZEW economic sentiment report is slated to slide down from a reading of 22.3 to 19.7. Meanwhile, the euro zone-wide version of the index is anticipated to slip from a reading of 11.0 to 10.7. At the same time, CPI data will be available. Look for inflation to clock in at 2.6%, just as it did back in February.
If these reports all print above expectations, the euro may very well resume its rally, so be ready for potentially big moves when they come out at 9:00 am GMT!