EUR/USD: Correction Time? Overbought Conditions And ECB Uncertainty May Trigger A Downfall

A currency war of sorts – that is what may limit EUR/USD’s gains. The US Federal Reserve is set to keep the dollar depressed, but the European Central Bank could pressure the euro. Uncertainty is unhelpful to the common currency.

The currency pair shot higher on Friday after the US reported bitterly disappointing Nonfarm Payrolls figures. The world’s largest economy gained only 266,000 in April, far below around one million expected. Is COVID-19 responsible for skewing the data? Without seasonal adjustments, America did gain over a million positions and unskewing the data is hard in these abnormal times.

Nevertheless, for markets, the result is clear – the Fed’s message that the economy has a long way to go has been vindicated, and that means no urge to reduce bond-buying. If the central bank continues printing dollars, the greenback has more room to fall. If inflation figures beat estimates later this week, the picture could change, and the same goes for retail sales statistics. For now, the greenback remains pressured.

On the other side of the pond, there is no clear answer to the ECB’s next moves. The Frankfurt-based institution pledged to ramp up the pace of its bond-buying scheme in the second quarter but may announce it is already unwinding this policy in June when it convenes again. That is, according to Martin Kazaks, one of the bank’s members. Markets would see that as tightening and boost the euro.

On the other hand, Olli Rehn, another ECB member, wants to adopt the Fed’s approach of allowing inflation to rise above the 2% target to compensate for past misses. That would mean keeping the policy looser for longer, thus weakening the euro.

With a light economic calendar and improving coronavirus statistics on both sides of the Atlantic, speculation about central banks’ moves is set to dominate trading.

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