The Euro may overlook German unemployment and inflation data while a slowdown in third-quarter US GDP growth may not amount to a major setback for the Dollar.

Talking Points:

  • Euro Unlikely to Find Lasting Cues in German Unemployment, CPI Reports
  • US 3Q GDP Slowdown May Not Amount to Major Setback for the US Dollar
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German Unemployment and CPI reports headline the economic calendar in European hours. Jobless ranks are expected to shrink by 4,000 in October, keeping the unemployment rate unchanged at 6.7 percent. Separately, the benchmark inflation rate is expected to edge higher to 0.9 percent after lingering at a four-year low of 0.8 percent through the third quarter.

On balance, neither data release seems likely to produce a lasting response from the Euro considering the outcomes’ limited implications for near-term ECB monetary policy. The central bank is still in the implementation phase of a medley of stimulus efforts and will likely want to see how things progress for some time after everything is in place. That means additional easing probably won’t materialize until next year, putting policy on auto-pilot in the interim.

Looking ahead, third-quarter US GDP figures will enter the spotlight. An annualized increase of 3 percent is expected, marking a slowdown from the 4.6 percent gain recorded in the three months through June. The latter number may have been exaggerated on a comparative basis by the weather-linked slump in the first three month of the year. With that in mind, a pullback closer to but still above the post-crisis average (2.2 percent) may not prove to be a major setback for the US Dollar, particularly after a seemingly confident FOMC opted against a dovish rhetoric shift at yesterday’s monetary policy announcement (as expected). We remain short EURUSD and long USDCHF.

Critical Levels
CCY Supp 3 Supp 2 Supp 1 Pivot Point Res 1 Res 2 Res 3
EURUSD 1.2398 1.5743 1.2585 1.2678 1.2725 1.2818 1.2958
GBPUSD 1.5743 1.5901 1.5956 1.6059 1.6114 1.6217 1.6375