EURUSD: Euro Tanks Ahead Of Payrolls, Lagarde And Powell Speeches

The EURUSD pair sank 0.68% to 1.2127 on Thursday, June 4. The pair plunged during the North American trading session after robust US macro data was released. Employment and business services sector data came in stronger than expected. The USD strengthened across the board on the FX market. In addition, the 10YUST yield widened to 1.632% from 1.591%.

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The ISM services index rose to 64.0 in May, up from 62.7 in April (vs. 63.0 projected).

As regards the May ADP report, the number of private sector jobs surged to 978,000, the steepest rise since June 2020. The April reading was downwardly revised to 654,000 from 742,000 (vs. 650,000 expected).

In addition, initial jobless claims (including seasonal fluctuations) totaled 385,000 for the week ending May 29, down from 405,000 in the previous week and a pandemic-era low (since mid-March 2020).

After this slew of stellar data, traders started buying into the dollar, with the conviction that the today’s NFP figure will exceed the baseline forecast of 650,000 and lend support to the greenback.

Today’s macro agenda (GMT+3)

  • 11:30 UK: construction sector PMI (May)
  • 11:00 Eurozone: retail sales (April)
  • 14:00 ECB President Christine Lagarde and Fed Chair Jerome Powell speeches
  • 15:30 employment change, nonfarm payrolls, unemployment rate (May); Canada: unemployment rate, employment change (May)
  • 17:00 Canada: Ivey PMI (May); US: factory orders (April)
  • 20:00 US: Baker Hughes weekly oil rig count

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Current outlook

The euro slipped to 1.2118 during the North American trading session. Asian speculators pushed the price action to a low of 1.2104. At the time of writing, the euro was trading at 1.2113.

After the dollar’s bull run yesterday, all eyes are on US payrolls. The private sector (ADP) and jobless claims reports make players hopeful that payrolls will stage a show of strength.

If the jobs report overshoots the 650k baseline forecast and the unemployment rate decreases, the dollar will continue to move higher against peer currencies. Meanwhile, the euro could drop as low as 1.2050, depending on how the US10Y yield moves. However, if the yield does not move higher, the euro will experience an upward correction. The decline could be limited, as the upbeat data was already priced in yesterday. And if the headline number disappoints, the euro could retrace to 1.2180.

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Disclaimer: Forecasts which are made in the review constitute the personal view of the author. Commentaries made do not constitute trade recommendations or guidance for working on financial ...

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