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Forex: EUR/USD closes week with gains & turned positive on monthly chart; Are buyers waking up?

FXstreet.com (San Francisco) - Not so fast! After falling to 2013 lows at 1.2910 on Thursday, the EUR/USD has been trading on recovery mode to reconquer the 1.3000 position and advanced to test the 1.3100. Finally, the EUR/USD closed the week at 1.3070, around 70 pips or 0.75% above the Monday opening price.

It was the first positive week after three negative weeks, and the EUR/USD has turned positive on the monthly chart after the February collapse. "The euro has remained above the $1.30 level for the first time since March 5 and only the second time this month," points BBH analyst Marc Chandler. "The next corrective target is in the $1.3100-30 area."

Heat Map euro dollar

“The bias here has switched to bullish with the recent break above 1.2990 resistance and my outlook is positive, for a rise through 1.3070, en route to 1.3160 zone”, wrote Deltastock.com analyst Stoyan Mihaylov, pointing to initial support at 1.2980-90 break-out level.

It would be premature to tell that this last price action represents in fact a change in the wider frame, which remains bearish so far. Still there is a long way up to change the current stance in the euro, and of course it must be accompanied by a parallel improvement in the economic fundamentals and a more solid and foreseeable political scenario, in Italy for starters.

Heat Map euro dollar

Nomura Strategist Saeed Amen thinks that the EUR/USD is holding the bearish outlook in a purely technical picture. Looking at his daily chart, he writes, “RSI has reached levels where, in recent weeks, spot has peaked. Also 20D SMA looks like an important resistance on the topside, which has barely been tested. With bandwidth falling, spot is likely to range. Hence, a retracement lower within the range seems most likely. Our target is 1.2900 (above 200D SMA).”

However, the BTMU states that the EUR/USD keeps neutral bias in the middle term and they see the spot moving between 1.2800 and 1.3150. “Coming so soon after the semi-annual testimony to Congress, we probably won’t have any dramatic change in stance from Bernanke, but nonetheless, it will be a valuable opportunity for the Fed to emphasize that despite some stronger than expected data, the need for monetary stimulus will be continue for some time yet."

According to the FXstreet.com EUR/USD Forecast Poll, the sentiment for the euro is stabilizing in the 1.30 range, with the 1.3079 as 1-week target, 1.3053 as 1-month and 1.3020 as 3-month forecast. In this line, the FXstreet,com contributors positions have majority of buy orders as the Current Trading Positions table showed on Friday

In any event, and although the US job market has picked up, Danske Bank expects "Ben Bernanke to argue that full−on recovery is still some way off – as is any tightening of monetary policy." As Katarzyna Komorowska from FXstreet comments, "February Nonfarm Payrolls figures surprised to the upside and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7%, it's lowest post-crisis level, but still far from the 6.5% objective established by the FOMC, which would allow it to exit the QE program." Therefore, Komorowska concluded, "at the March meeting status quo should be maintained."

The week Ahead

Moving forward to Monday, a second-tier docket in the euro area would be a priori insufficient to trigger a significant move in the cross, as Italy and the EMU would publish their trade balance figures. Across the pond, the only release will be NAHB Housing Market index.

The rest of the week, the FOMC meeting, the BOE minutes and UK budget, the beginning of a new BOJ regime and euro area flash PMIs will catch the market's attention.

Major events:

- Bank of England Minutes
- Fed Interest Rate Decision
- Eurozone Manufacturing PMI
- China HSBC Manufacturing PMI
- US Manufacturing PMI

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