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Forex: EUR/USD recovers the 1.2800 but now Italy takes the scene

FXstreet.com (San Francisco) - The Euro traded on recovery mode on Thursday after bottoming at 1.2750 to reach the 1.2840 level against the Greenback. Currently the EUR/USD is consolidating prices above the 1.2800. The USD traded lower against its major competitors ahead the Easter Friday, and Italy, as Wall Street rallied to record highs.

No bank runs in Cyprus, and S&P at record highs. That’s what this Thursday left in markets ahead of the Easter holiday that in some cases, extend up to Monday. "Market felt sort of relieved Europe did not crashed for good, while US disappointing data send speculators back to stocks," comments FXstreet.com analyst Valeria Bednarik. "Seems investors are pretty sure QE won’t see the end this year. Profit taking on month end, added to dollar selling, although the EUR/USD recovery has been quite shy, and the bearish trend remains intact."

Economic data in the US was a little bit disappointing as the Q4 GDP was revised down to 0.4% fro the previous expected of 0.5%. However, it was well above the first estimated of 0.1%. Chicago manufacturing PMI declined to its lowest level in 2013 at 52.4. market is assuming that the Fed won't finish the stimulus in the middle term as economy is on track but doesn't enough.

As for the short term, the pair trades barely above 1.2800, "with the hourly chart showing indicators losing momentum and approaching their midlines, after the pair found buyers in the 1.2840 area immediate resistance," points Bednarik. "The downside continues to be favored, with a break below 1.2790 pointing to a test of 1.2730 price zone."

The Euro was lifted by stronger Retail Sales and the EUR/USD trsder higher on the European session. But it seems that sentiment won't resist too much time as big banks are forecasting short and middle term bearish movements. According to Research Analyst Gareth Berry at UBS, the Cyprus banks reopen but EUR continues to look vulnerable. “The euro continues to look vulnerable against the Cypriot backdrop, ongoing political uncertainty in Italy, and the weak economic outlook across the Eurozone." UBS 3-month target is 1.2800.

Camilla Sutton, Chief Currency Strategist at Scotiabank, target the EUR/USD finishing the year at 1.25, “On the back of recent developments in Europe, we have decreased our already bearish year-end EUR forecast to 1.25. The combination of developments in Cyprus, a revaluation of euro wide deposit risk, a lack of progress on the banking union which is the only solution to ending the negative bank to sovereign feedback loop are all high lighted by what has occurred in Cyprus over the last several weeks."

But on the other hand, BTMU says that the EUR/USD looks bullish ahead. Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ analysts are bullish on EUR/USD for the week ahead and see spot moving between a range of 1.2650-1.3000. The bank believes that the fears over Cyprus will recede and the focus will shift to Italy. "“We may also get some movement toward the Italian president appointing an interim prime minister which would alleviate fears over political uncertainty in Italy."

So Italy now... Pier Luigi Bersani, Secretary of the Democratic Party, has told Italian president Giorgio Napolitano that his party is unable to form government as he is facing unacceptable preconditions from the other parties.

The President Napolitano has scheduled, thus, a meet with the party leaders Tomorrow Friday at 10:00 GMT as he will lead the negotiations to form government. In other words, pay attention to the new round of negotiations in Italy and remember that Europeans aren't too good to reach fast agreements.

Session Recap: USD trades lower as Wall Street goes to record highs

The Greenbank traded lower on Thursday as the US dollar has lost ground against its majors competitors. The EUR/USD recovered the 1.2800 level, the GBP/USD Advanced to test the 1.5200 frontier and the USD/JPY declined to the 94.00 zone. The Aussie traded its second negative day in row but the USD/CAD moved sideways.
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