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EUR/USD comes under pressure near 1.1080 ahead of ECB

  • EUR/USD fades Wednesday’s advance and challenges 1.1080.
  • Global sentiment looks to the Chinese virus outbreak.
  • The ECB is expected to be a ‘non-event’ later today.

The shared currency remains under pressure so far this week, with EUR/USD at least managing to rebound from weekly/yearly lows at 1.1070 recorded on Wednesday.

EUR/USD now looks to risk trends, ECB

The pair has so far maintained the side-lined theme in the lower end of the weekly range although still within the broader bearish view, which is expected to persist as long as the 55-day SMA continues to cap the upside.

On the broader scenario, the risk appetite trends continue to dominate the sentiment in the global markets, particularly driven by developments around the Chinese Wuhan coronavirus and its potential effects on global growth prospects.

Later in the day and absent releases in Euroland, the most relevant event will be the ECB meeting and the subsequent press conference by President C.Lagarde. Market consensus, however, sees the central bank refraining from acting on rates, as the Governing Council is still assessing the impacts of the latest stimulus package delivered in the last part of 2019.

What to look for around EUR

The pair remains under pressure near yearly lows in the 1.1080 region, always looking to USD-dynamics as the almost exclusive driver for the price action. In the meantime, markets’ attention has now shifted to a more data-dependent stance while the US-China trade front remains muted for the time being. On the more macro view, the slowdown in the region remains far from abated despite some positive results as of late in Germany and the euro area and continues to justify the ‘looser for longer’ monetary stance from the ECB, which is expected to maintain the current ‘wait-and-see’ stance for the next months. On the latter, market participants will pay close attention to any details regarding the bank’s strategic review, expected to kick in later in the year.

EUR/USD levels to watch

At the moment, the pair is retreating 0.08% at 1.1083 and a breakdown of 1.1070 (weekly/2020 low Jan.22) would target 1.1068 (100-day SMA) en route to 1.1039 (low Dec.6 2019). On the flip side, the next hurdle aligns at 1.1132 (200-day SMA) followed by 1.1172 (weekly high Jan.16) and finally 1.1186 (61.8% of the 2017-2018 rally).

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