Thursday, July 10, 2014

EUR/USD

EUR/USD has edged lower on Thursday, as the pair trades in the mid-1.36 range in the European session. On the release front, French and Italian Industrial Production both posted sharp declines. Today’s highlight in the US is Unemployment Claims. Little change is expected from the previous release.
The Federal Reserve minutes did not shed much light on when the Fed plans to raise interest rates, but policymakers did agree to wind up the QE scheme by October. The asset purchase program flooded the economy with over $2 trillion, and the Fed has been steadily reducing the program since last December. Winding down QE will require several more tapers by the Fed, but that shouldn’t pose a problem, given the solid employment data the economy has been churning out. EUR/USD did not show much response to the low-key minutes, with the euro posting slight gains on Wednesday.