EUR/USD stumbles on Fed rate hike speculations, slides below 1.1000.

EUR/USD falls for the second straight day, as sellers are eyeing 1.0800.EUR/USD Price Analysis: Could register a pullback in the near term before resuming upwards.EUR/USD losses traction on technical reasons and on a stronger US Dollar (USD, as speculations that the US Federal Reserve (Fed) would hike rates in May, gains adepts. US Treasury bond yields rose; consequently, bonds dropped, a tailwind for the buck. At the time of writing, the EUR/USD is trading at 1.0911 after hitting a YTD high at 1.1075.

Growing adepts for a US central bank 25 bps rate hike boosted the USD

Wall Street trades with a risk-off-tilted mood. The economic docket in the United States (US) and the Eurozone (EU) is light, with the main driver of EUR/USD’s price action being the US 2-year Treasury bond yield. The US 2-year bond yield is gaining almost 10 bps, sitting at 4.194%, while the CME FedWatch Tool shows odds for a 25 bps rate hike by the Fed, at 84.7%, higher than last Friday’s 78%.

The US Dollar Index (DXY) continues to advance and tests the 20-day EMA around 102.321. A break above it could expose the 103.000 mark.Data-wise, the New York Factory Empire State Manufacturing Index unexpectedly jumped in April, from -24.5 to 10.8, exceeding forecasts for a -18 plunge. Orders and shipments rising were the reasons behind the expansion, while a measure of prices paid fell 9 points.

On the Eurozone front, inflation in Italy rose by 7.6%, beneath the consensus and below February’s 9.1%. In the meantime, the European Central Bank (ECB) President, Christine Lagarde, is crossing newswires, but she’s not commenting about monetary policy. Earlier, some ECB members crossed newswires, led by Nagel, who’s expecting inflation to slow before the summer break. Later, ECB’s Kazaks commented that the ECB has the option of 50 or 25 bps at the upcoming May meeting.

What to watch?

Ahead of the week, the EU will reveal the Zew Economic Sentiment Index for the bloc and Germany, alongside the EU’s Balance of Trade. On the US front, Housing data, and Fed Bowman, will cross newswires.

EUR/USD Technical Analysis

EUR/USD Daily Chart.The EUR/USD is still upward biased, though after hitting a new YTD high at 1.1075, it has retreated below 1.1000. Additionally, oscillators like the Relative Strength Index (RSI) aiming downward, the same as the Rate of Change (RoC), suggest that buyers are losing momentum. Therefore, the EUR/USD path of least resistance is downwards in the near term.

The EUR/USD first support would be 1.0900, followed by the 20-day Exponential Moving Average (EMA) at 1.0881. A decisive break would tumble the pair towards the 50-day EMA At 1.0800.

EUR/USD drops toward 1.0900 as USD recovery continues

EUR/USD has extended its downward correction and dropped toward 1.0900. With Wall Street’s main indexes trading mixed on Monday, the US Dollar continues to gather strength in the second half of the day, causing the pair to continue to stretch lower.


GBP/USD loses traction, drops below 1.2400

GBP/USD has lost its recovery momentum and retreated toward 1.2350 in the American session on Monday. The renewed US Dollar strength on growing expectations for another 25 bps Fed rate hike in May weighs on the pair ahead of the UK jobs report on Tuesday.


Gold: XAU/USD´s corrective decline could extend to $1,940

Gold trades with a sour tone on Monday, with XAU/USD hovering around $1,990 a troy ounce after falling to $1,981.16 at the beginning of the American session. 

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