Euro hits fresh monthly low

Published on 22.08.2023 12:22

The Euro has lost traction and registered losses of 0.43% on Tuesday, printing a new monthly low of 1.0832 and set to extend its fall toward the 200-day Moving Average (DMA) at 1.0795. However, late EUR/USD buyers stepped into the market and lifted the pair, which trades at 1.0848 after hitting a daily high of 1.0930.

US Stocks Uncertain; Richmond Fed’s Data and NAR’s Home Sales Report Influence Market Sentiment

US stocks waver amidst traders’ fragile sentiment as they brace for the US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s speech at the Jackson Hole Symposium. US Treasury bond yields underpinned the greenback, with the 3-month, two, and 5-year Treasuries posting gains within the 0.28% - 0.78% range. Consequently, the buck climbs, as depicted by the US Dollar Index (DXY), which measures the buck’s value against a basket of six currencies, gains 0.26%, at 103.591.

Data-wise, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released data indicating a -2.2% decrease in Existing Home Sales for July. However, it represents an improvement compared to the prior month’s -3.3%. NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun attributed this decline to factors such as limited “inventory availability” and elevated “mortgage rates,” according to the report.

The Richmond Fed revealed its Manufacturing Index for August, which plummeted -7 as expected in August, though its Services Index exceeded estimates of a -4 contraction, came at 4.

In recent statements by Richmond Fed President Thomas Barkin, he emphasized that the yield shift does not indicate “inappropriate” market tightening. Instead, he views it as a reaction to robust economic data. Barkin further stated that if inflation maintains its elevated levels and the economy continues showing signs of strength, it would bolster the argument for additional tightening measures.

Across the pond, a light Eurozone (EU) economic docket keeps the EUR/USD pair trading within familiar levels but set to test the next dynamic support at 200-DMA. On Wednesday, the release of S&P Global PMIs could dictate the direction of the EUR/YSD. On the US front, the economic docket would feature Fed speakers, S&P Global PMIs, Durable Good Orders, and New Home Sales.