GBP/EUR: Pound Steady vs. Euro As Angela Merkel Steps Down
  • EUR/USD advances testing 1.2140,a fresh32-month high.
  • Vaccine news, stimulus hopes underpin the pair
  • German Services PMI remained in contraction

The EUR/USD gained traction hitting new peaks in the 1.2140 zone.

EUR/USD boosted  by risk trends

EUR/USD extends gains  1.21 on Thursday, as investors’ appetite for the risk-associated assets remains firm.

Growing expectations of additional US fiscal/monetary stimulus under the Biden’s administration combined with vaccine optimism lifted flows into riskier assets and currencies,  all in detriment of the dollar.

On the calendar, Eurozone November’s final Services PMI  remained in contraction territory (below the 50 threshold).Eurozone Retail Sales for October are due later..

In the US Initial Claims and ISM Non-Manufacturing and final Markit’s Services PMI, for November.

What to look for around EUR

 EUR/USD hit another high beyond 1.2100 close to highs seen  in April 2018 near 1.2140, thanks to a favourable risk climate.EUR/USD appears supported by expectations of strong economic recovery in the region the rising prospect of additional stimulus in the US. Risks to this positive view stem from potential political problems surrounding the EU Recovery Fund and the growing possibility of further ECB easing announced in the December meeting.