EUR/USD Mid-Session Technical Analysis for February 20, 2020

The Euro is trading lower against the U.S. Dollar after posting a volatile two-sided trade earlier in the session. The whipsaw price action is likely being fueled by the effects of the coronavirus on the Euro Zone economy, which are still unknown. Although some traders are arguing the negative impact from the virus has already been priced into the region.

At 13:31 GMT, the EUR/USD is trading 1.0793, down 0.0015 or -0.14%.

Euro Zone bond yields edged lower early Thursday as concern about a Euro zone economic slowdown and damage to Asian growth from China’s coronavirus kept core yields near two-week lows.

Worries about the Euro Zone’s economy after a string of weak data kept safe-haven government debt like Germany’s well-supported. New data arrive on Friday, when purchasing managers’ indexes and Euro Zone inflation numbers are released.

European Central Bank Minutes

“The just-released minutes of the ECB’s meeting in January illustrate the well-known phenomenon that ECB members have several rounds to alter the draft and often indirectly start factoring in developments since the actual meeting. While the introductory statement and the press conference after the January meeting tried to present a somewhat more upbeat tone, the details of the minutes modify this optimism,” ING wrote.

Luis de Guindos, Vice-President of the European Central Bank (ECB) noted on Thursday per Reuters, the outlook for the global economic activity outside the Euro Area has been showing some signs of improvement recently.

“International trade remains weak and uncertainty around the future trading relationships among major global partners remains elevated,” De Guindos added. “Some forward-looking survey indicators show tentative signs of mild improvements. The outbreak of the coronavirus and its potential effect on global growth add a new layer of uncertainty.”


Daily Technical Analysis

The main trend is down according to the daily swing chart. The downtrend was reaffirmed earlier today when sellers took out yesterday’s closing price reversal bottom at 1.0782.

Yesterday’s closing price reversal bottom was confirmed shortly after the opening, but was negated later in the session. This suggests that yesterday’s reversal failed to shake out the major short-sellers. Nonetheless, today’s price action is also indicating a reversal bottom could be forming.

The minor trend is also down. A trade through 1.0815 will change the minor trend to up. This will shift momentum to the upside.

Daily Forecast

Based on the early price action, the direction of the EUR/USD the rest of the session on Thursday is likely to be determined by trader reaction to yesterday’s close at 1.0807.

Bullish Scenario

A sustained move over 1.0807 will indicate the presence of buyers. Taking out the downtrending Gann angle at 1.0815 will indicate the buying is getting stronger. This could trigger a surge into the former bottom at 1.0838. Overtaking this level could trigger an acceleration to the upside with 1.0879 the next likely target.

Bearish Scenario

A sustained move under 1.0807 will signal the presence of sellers. This could lead to a retest of the intraday low at 1.0778. Taking out this level will signal a resumption of the downtrend.

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James Hyerczyk

James A. Hyerczyk has worked as a fundamental and technical financial market analyst since 1982. His technical work features the pattern, price and time analysis techniques of W.D. Gann.