[B]FOREX NEWS: GERMAN INFLATION, U.S. CONSUMER CONFIDENCE – CATALYSTS FOR SURGING VOLATILITY[/B]
Forex News: Price action was very slow yesterday, with a slightly bullish bias after a failed attempt to break the 50 period Exponential Moving Average. Draghi’s testimony did not have a notable impact on the pair and volatility remained low throughout the session.
For now the pair has found good support at the confluence zone created by the 50 period Exponential Moving Average and the horizontal level at 1.1170. If the bears cannot break this zone soon, we will probably see a resurgence of the uptrend and possibly another test of 1.1240 key resistance. On the other hand, a break of 1.1170 and the 50 EMA will open the door for a touch of 1.1120 but currently price action lacks momentum and our bias is mostly neutral.
Today at 12:00 pm GMT we take a look at German inflation with the release of their Consumer Price Index. The indicator shows changes in the price paid by consumers for the goods and services they purchase and usually strengthens the Euro if it posts numbers above forecast, which for today is -0.1% from the previous 0.0%.
On the US Dollar side we have the Consumer Confidence, which is a survey with a large sample size of about 5,000 households, focused on the respondents’ opinions regarding the overall state of the economy. Today’s forecast is 120.1, the time of the release is 2:00 pm GMT and normally, a higher number strengthens the US Dollar but the impact is often medium.
U.K. and U.S. banks were closed yesterday due to holidays but nonetheless, the big move seen Friday was retraced higher and the pair reached the previous support, now turned resistance.
The pair has bounced almost perfectly at 1.2770, which remains a strong support and price is likely to react to it in the future. The latest strong move is bearish and yesterday’s climb can be considered a normal retracement, so if 1.2850 resistance holds, we expect to see a continuation of the move started Friday and potentially a break of 1.2770 or at least another test; otherwise, the pair will probably climb into the 50 period EMA.
There are no major economic indicators scheduled for release today, so the pair’s direction will be decided by the technical aspect and by the U.S. Consumer Confidence survey.