EUR/USD picks up extra pace and leaves behind 1.0800.The dollar drops to multi-month lows when tracked by the DXY.
US inflation figures extended the decline in December.EUR/USD sees its upside accelerated to levels last seen back in late April 2022 north of 1.0800 the figure on Thursday.
EUR/USD rose to 9-month peaks above 1.0800.EUR/USD advances for the fifth consecutive session to trade in levels past the 1.0800 barrier on the back of the increasing selling pressure in the dollar, particularly exacerbated following the release of US inflation figures during December.
On the latter, the headline CPI rose at an annualized 6.5% in December and 5.7% YoY when it comes to the Core CPI, which excludes food and energy costs. Headline consumer prices therefore retreat for the sixth consecutive month so far and add to the rising perception of Fed’s pivot in the not-so-distant future.
Additional releases in the US calendar saw Initial Jobless Claims rise 205K in the week to January 7, surpassing consensus.In the wake of the publication of the US CPI, the probability of a 25 bps rate hike at the next Fed event climbed to 82% according to CME Group’s FedWatch Tool.
What to look for around EUR
EUR/USD finally breaks above the key 1.0800 barrier to print new 9-month peaks on Thursday.Price action around the European currency continues to closely follow dollar dynamics, as well as the impact of the energy crisis on the region and the Fed-ECB divergence.
Back to the euro area, the increasing speculation of a potential recession in the bloc emerges as an important domestic headwind facing the euro in the short-term horizon.Key events in the euro area this week: France final Inflation Rate, Germany Full Year GDP Growth, MEU Balance of Trade/Industrial Production (Friday).
Eminent issues on the back boiler: Continuation of the ECB hiking cycle vs. increasing recession risks. Impact of the war in Ukraine and the protracted energy crisis on the region’s growth prospects and inflation outlook. Risks of inflation becoming entrenched.
EUR/USD levels to watch
So far, the pair is advancing 0.43% at 1.0803 and faces the next up barrier at 1.0815 (monthly high January 12) followed by 1.0900 (round level) and finally 1.0936 (weekly high April 21 2022). On the other hand, the breach of 1.0481 (monthly low January 6) would target 1.0443 (weekly low December 7) en route to 1.0424 (55-day SMA).
EUR/USD reaches fresh highs in the 1.0860 area
EUR/USD resumed its advance and reached fresh multi-month highs, as market players made up their minds and increased bet for high-yielding assets. US Dollar under strong selling pressure as investors price in two Fed 25 bps hikes before pausing.
GBP/USD flirts with daily highs above 1.2200
GBP/USD declined toward 1.2100 after US stocks opened deep in the red but managed to rebound above 1.2200, as investors assess how December inflation figures could influence the Fed’s rate outlook. The US Dollar Index stays in negative territory below 103.00.
Gold bulls retain control in a volatile session
Gold jumped to $1,901.70 following the release of the US CPI and comments from Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Patrick Harker, pulling back from the level later but holding on to intraday gains.