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Euro Focused on Greece Jitters, US Dollar May Extend Drop on CPI Data

The Euro looks to a meeting of Eurozone finance ministers for direction with Greece fears at the forefront. The US Dollar may extend drop on soft inflation data.

Talking Points:

  • Greece Crisis in Focus as Eurozone Finance Ministers Meet in Luxembourg

  • US Dollar Post-FOMC Selling Pressure May Be Amplified by Soft CPI Data

  • See Economic Releases Directly on Your Charts with the DailyFX News App

Greece returns to the spotlight in European trading hours as Eurozone finance ministers gather for a meeting in Luxembourg. The prospects for a deal look bleak after another day of heated rhetoric from both Athens and its creditors.

Traders may look to comments from German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she speaks before the Bundestag to see if the leader of the region’s largest economy will try to calm tempers or dig in hear heels. In the meantime, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is due to visit Moscow and may likewise take to the wires (though nothing looks firmly scheduled at present).

Markets appear increasingly worried about an unfavorable outcome, although this has yet to meaningfully translate into Euro weakness. Greek 10-year bond yields advanced to levels unseen since April, reflecting building funding stress. Meanwhile, the 1-year CDS spread – a proxy for the perceived likelihood of default – jumps to a three-week high.

The Swiss National Bank is due to deliver its monetary policy announcement. Chairman Thomas Jordan and company are expected to keep the target 3-month Libor interest rate in the -0.25 to -1.25 percent range while interest on sight deposits remains at -0.75 percent.

Later in the day, May’s US CPI data will enter the spotlight. The core year-on-year inflation rate is expected to remain unchanged at 1.8 percent. Leading survey data suggests a pickup in input price inflation has yet to meaningfully translate into recovering output charges, setting the stage for a subdued outcome.

That may compound pressure on the US Dollar as the benchmark currency continues to slide following the FOMC monetary policy announcement. While the central bank continued to call for at least one rate hike in 2015, the expected tightening trajectory over the coming years was revised to appear flatter than policymakers’ March assessment.

The New Zealand Dollar underperformed overnight following disappointing first-quarter GDP figures. Output expanded 0.2 percent, falling short of the 0.6 percent gain projected by economists. The Kiwi fell alongside front-end bond yields, suggesting the outcome served to amplify RBNZ interest rate cut speculation.

Critical Levels
CCY Supp 3 Supp 2 Supp 1 Pivot Point Res 1 Res 2 Res 3
EURUSD 1.0999 1.1150 1.1244 1.1301 1.1395 1.1452 1.1603
GBPUSD 1.5327 1.5548 1.5690 1.5769 1.5911 1.5990 1.6211


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