Euro Higher After Eurozone Consumer Price Inflation

Euro Higher After Eurozone Consumer Price Inflation

31 March 2016, 13:17
Roberto Jacobs

Euro Higher After Eurozone Consumer Price Inflation

The euro gained ground against the other major currencies in European trading on Thursday, after data showed that inflation in the euro area improved modestly in March, albeit remaining negative due to sharp falls in the energy prices.

Flash data from Eurostat showed that consumer prices fell 0.1 percent in March from a year ago following a 0.2 percent drop in February. The annual decline matched economists' expectations.

Headline inflation has been below the European Central Bank's target of 'below, but close to 2 percent' since early 2013.

The core HICP that excludes fresh food and energy prices, accelerated more-than-expected to 1 percent from 0.8 percent a month ago. Prices were expected to gain 0.9 percent in March.

In other economic news, preliminary figures from Destatis showed that Germany's unemployment rate held steady in February.

The jobless rate came in at an adjusted 4.3 percent in February, the same rate as in the previous month. In the corresponding month last year, the unemployment rate was 4.8 percent.

The currency showed mixed trading in Asian deals. While the euro declined against the greenback and the yen, it was steady against the franc and the pound.

The single currency spiked up to 1.1369 against the greenback, its highest since February 11. This is up by 0.3 percent from yesterday's closing value of 1.1336. If the euro-greenback pair extends rise, 1.15 is possibly seen as its next resistance level.

The euro appreciated to a weekly high of 0.7914 against the pound at 4:00 am ET, and has been steady thereafter. The next possible resistance for the euro-pound pair is seen around the 0.80 zone. The pair was worth 0.7884 when it ended Wednesday's trading.

Data from the Office for National Statistics showed that the U.K. economy expanded more than previously estimated in the fourth quarter.

Gross domestic product climbed 0.6 percent in the fourth quarter from prior three months, which was revised up from 0.5 percent estimated on February 25.

The 19-nation currency, having fallen to 1.0919 against the franc at 2:45 am ET, reversed direction and climbed to a 2-week high of 1.0953. Continuation of the euro's uptrend may lead it to a resistance surrounding the 1.12 zone. At yesterday's close, the pair was worth 1.0940.

The euro reversed from an early low of 126.96 against the Japanese yen, advancing to 127.81. On the upside, the euro may challenge resistance around the 129.00 mark.

Data from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism showed that Japan housing starts grew unexpectedly in February, while construction orders declined for the second straight month.

Housing starts grew 7.8 percent year-on-year in February, confounding expectations for a 2.8 percent drop and faster than January's 0.2 percent rise. This was the fastest growth since August 2015, when it climbed 8.8 percent.

The euro edged up to 1.4735 against the loonie, compared to 1.4689 hit late New York Wednesday. The euro is seen finding resistance around the 1.49 area.

The common currency strengthened to a 2-day high of 1.4848 against the aussie in European morning deals, and held steady thereafter. The pair finished yesterday's trading at 1.4776.

Data from the Housing Industry Association showed that Australia's new home sales decreased notably in February.

Total new home sales fell a seasonally adjusted 5.3 percent month-over-month in February.

The euro was trading higher at 1.6433 against the kiwi, up from yesterday's closing value of 1.6364. The euro is poised to find resistance around the 1.66 zone.

Looking ahead, U.S. Chicago PMI for March, U.S. weekly jobless claims for the week ended March 26 and Canada GDP data for January are to be announced in the New York session.

At 9:30 am ET, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans participates in discussion on current economic conditions and monetary policy before the Quinnipiac G.A.M.E. VI Forum, in New York.

At 12:30 pm ET, Swiss National Bank Governing Board Member Andrea Maechler will deliver speech titled "Investment Policy in Times of High Foreign Exchange Reserves" at the Swiss National Bank's Money Market Event, in Zurich.

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