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EUR/USD: Labor Market Data Reduces Chance For Fed Rate Hike

EUR/USD: Labor Market Data Reduces Chance For Fed Rate Hike

Labor market data reduces chances for Fed rate hike

Disappointing labor market data for May came out in the US on Friday. The nonfarm payrolls fell to their lowest since September 2010 to 38 thousand, far below the anticipated 160 thousand.

As a result, the US dollar tumbled as market participants became skeptical about the looming Fed rate hike. On the other hand, the euro surged. Will its rise continue?

US unemployment fell to the lowest level since November 2007, but the news failed to support investors’ confidence as some Americans quit searching for jobs and stopped being unemployed.

The Fed funds futures price in only a 4% chance for the rate hike on June 15, the data showed on Friday, down from 21% on Thursday. The chances for a July rate hike fell to 38% from 60%.

The European economic indicators look stronger than the US ones. European GDP rose in Q1 2016 to 1.5% year on year, which is far above the 0.8% US GDP increase in the same period. The ECB met on Thursday, where policymakers revised up the GDP outlook for 2016 from 1.4% to 1.6%.

The inflation outlook was slightly improved from 0.1% to 0.2%, which is far below the target ECB level of 2%. Such a slight increase in consumer prices will let European policymakers go on with expansionary monetary policy to stimulate the national economy.

The ECB currently purchases bonds as part of TLTRO program for a total amount of 1.74trn euros. In theory, this may resolve problems with debts of Greece and other countries as well as minimize the deflation risks.


On the daily chart EUR/USD: D1 has started growing, having rebounded from support of the uptrend and its 200-day moving average. The MACD and parabolic indicators give signals to buy.

The RSI has reached the level of 50 but has not yet entered the overbought zone. Previously it formed slight positive pergence. The Bollinger bands have narrowed, which means moderate volatility.

The bullish momentum may develop in case the euro surpasses the upper Bollinger band at 1.14. This level may serve the point of entry. The initial risk limit may be placed below the Friday low at 1.114.

Having opened the pending order, we shall move the stop to the next fractal low following the parabolic and Bollinger signals. Thus, we are changing the probable profit/loss ratio to the breakeven point.

The most risk-averse traders may switch to the 4-hour chart after the trade and place there a stop-loss, moving it in the direction of the trade. If the price meets the stop-loss level at 1.114 without reaching the order at 1.14, we recommend cancelling the position: the market sustains internal changes which were not taken into account.

Position: Buy

Buy stop: Above 1.14

Stop loss: Below 1.114

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