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No love for the euro or Swiss franc this week as price action was once again dominated by broad risk sentiment.

Traders were moving away from low-yielders/safe havens as the pandemic recovery trade continued, the likely main driver for net losses in both currencies.

The Euro

Overlay of EUR Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart
Overlay of EUR Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart
EUR Weekly Performance from MarketMilk
EUR Weekly Performance from MarketMilk

European Headlines and Economic data


Euro area international trade in goods surplus €29.2 bn; €30.1 bn surplus for EU

In January to December 2020, euro area exports of goods to the rest of the world fell to €2 131.4 bn (a decrease of 9.2% compared with January-December 2019), and imports fell to €1 897.0bn (a decrease of 10.8% compared with January-December 2019).”

December 2020: Industrial production down by 1.6% m/m in euro area and 1.2% m/m in EU

“In December 2020 compared with December 2019, industrial production decreased by 0.8% in the euro area and by 0.4% in the EU.”


German investor morale surges on shopping spree expectations

“The ZEW said its survey of investors’ economic sentiment showed a rise to 71.2 points from 61.8 the previous month. A Reuters poll had pointed to a fall to 59.6, and the February reading surpassed even the highest forecast, of 68.0.”

Italian exports decreased for both EU countries (-3.7%) and non EU countries (-3.9%). Imports fell by -1.1% for both EU countries and non EU countries.

GDP and employment flash estimates for the fourth quarter of 2020 GDP down by 0.6% and employment up by 0.3% in the euro area; In the EU, GDP down by 0.4% and employment up by 0.3%

“These declines follow a strong rebound in the third quarter of 2020 (+12.4% in the euro area and +11.5% in the EU) and the sharpest decreases since the time series started in 1995”


France should end financial support to COVID-19-hit economy gradually -Villeroy

“Villeroy reiterated earlier this month that the French economy was still on track to rebound 5% this year”

“Villeroy, who is also a European Central Bank policymaker, said Europe should boost the euro’s international role as its use in global foreign exchange reserves amounted to only a third of that of the dollar, while the U.S. and European economies are of similar size.”

In February 2021, the DG ECFIN flash estimate of the consumer confidence indicator picked up in both the EU (0.8 points up) and the euro area (0.7 points up) compared to January 2021.

ECB Monetary Policy Meeting Accounts: ECB vows to stick to stimulus despite recent rise in inflation


German Producer prices in January 2021: +0.9% y/y on January 2020; +1.4% m/m

Eurozone service sector weakening cushioned by manufacturing gains

“Sentiment regarding output in the coming 12 months rose to the highest since March 2018, improving in both manufacturing and services. Brighter prospects were primarily linked to hopes of successful vaccine roll-outs in the coming months.”

Export-led German manufacturing upturn continues to counterbalance services weakness in February

“The positive manufacturing performance came despite a backdrop of increasing supply-side pressures. February saw record reports of delays in the delivery of inputs amid raw material shortages and squeezed transport capacity, as well an associated spike in costs”

Sharper decline in French business activity as COVID-19 restrictions continue

“At the sector level, there were contrasting results, with service providers posting another decline in activity while manufacturers saw a modest expansion. Notably, the decline in the service sector was the fastest since last November and sharp overall.”

Current account recorded €37B surplus in December 2020, up from €25B in previous month

The Swiss Franc

Overlay of CHF Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart
Overlay of CHF Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart
CHF Weekly Performance from MarketMilk
CHF Weekly Performance from MarketMilk

Swiss Headlines and Economic data


Swiss wealth tax rakes in cash as covid stokes global debate


In January, Swiss exports grew by a seasonally adjusted 5.4% to 18.9B francs and imports by 3.3% to 15.3B francs.