We’re checking out EUR/USD today as we may get one more potential shot of volatility for the euro ahead of the weekend.
Before moving on, ICYMI, today’s Daily London Session Watchlist looked at an opportunity forming on EUR/CHF ahead of the ECB monetary policy statement, so be sure to check that out to see if there is still a potential play!
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What to Watch: EUR/USD
On the one-hour chart above of EUR/USD, we can see the market retesting a strong area of interest around the 1.2150 minor psychological level. It was previously an area of support last week, but since breaking lower, has twice refused passage to the bulls.
Right now, traders are trying to figure out which direction to take the pair next, and today’s ECB monetary policy statement wasn’t much help as it kept policy simulative while sounding slightly optimistic at the same time.
But what might help is tomorrow’s round of Eurozone PMI’s, which do tend to be a market mover if we see a broad consensus on the business sentiment outlook.
With the broader trend lower since the beginning of the year and the market holding at the 1.2150 minor psychological level, we’re watching EUR/USD for a potential move lower if the PMI’s disappoint (a highly likely scenario given the recent lockdown extensions). If that scenario plays out, 1.2050 could be the next stop before the end of the week.
If we get a bullish surprise from the data and the broad markets are leaning risk-on (i.e., bearish USD conditions), then a break above 1.2150 could draw in short-term bulls, or even longer-term bulls who are watching the rally on the Daily charts and above, which has been going on since the Dollar topped out back in March 2020.