- Euro (EUR) rises on upbeat market mood
- German consumer sentiment data improved beating forecasts
- US Dollar (USD) eases on more dovish Fed speak
- US GDP, durable goods & jobless claims in focus
The Euro US Dollar (EUR/USD) exchange rate is extending gains for a second consecutive session. The pair settled +0.1% higher on Wednesday at US$1.2165 after recovering from a low of US$1.2110. At 08:15 UTC, EUR/USD trades +0.25% at US$1.2196.
The broad upbeat market mood is supporting demand for the Euro whilst dragging on demand for the safe haven US Dollar.
Data revealed that German consumer confidence was set to recover in March after collapsing due to the pandemic. The GFK survey showed that confidence is set to rise to -12.9 in March up from -15.5 in February amid optimism surrounding the vaccination programme and hopes of a speedy economic recovery.
The data comes after German GDP data yesterday for the final three months of the year came in better than forecast. The German economy expanded 0.3% quarter on quarter in Q4, ahead of the 0.1% initially estimated.
Today business sentiment data from the Eurozone is due to be released.
Later in the session European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde is due to speak and could offer fresh impetus for the common currency.
The US Dollar is trading lower across the board on Thursday after more dovish commentary from the Fed. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell appeared for the second day of the testimony before Congress. Federal Reserve Vice Chair Richard Clarida and Lael Brainard spoke at the same event.
All three were on the same wave length and stuck to the Fed’s dovish hymn sheet. Whilst recent improvement in the US economic outlook was acknowledged the policy makers also emphasized that the data would need to improve significantly from here before any decisive action would be taken. All three then emphasized that the US economy was still a long way from inflation and employment goals.
Today there is plenty of data to keep investors entertained. US durable goods orders, US GDP the second reading for the fourth quarter and the usual weekly jobless claims will be in focus and could move the US Dollar.