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Euro Eases As ECB Members See Increased Uncertainty To Eurozone Outlook

05/24/2018 - 09:29:00 (RTTNews)

(RTTNews) - The euro retreated from its early highs against its major counterparts in the European session on Thursday, after the minutes from the recent monetary policy meeting showed that the policymakers of European Central Bank agreed that risks to Eurozone growth outlook continued to be broadly balanced, but increased uncertainties arising from the threat of increased protectionism had become more prominent.

Members observed that the underlying growth momentum in the euro area and its largest economies remained broadly intact, and expressed confidence in the continuation of the expansion at a solid pace, the minutes from April 25-26 meeting showed.

"It was widely felt that uncertainty surrounding the outlook had increased and caution was seen as warranted in interpreting recent developments, also because the moderation in growth appeared to be broad-based across countries and sectors."

Members broadly agreed that an ample degree of monetary policy accommodation was still required to accompany the economic expansion and secure the gradual convergence of inflation to levels below, but close to, 2 percent.

Survey data from market research group GfK showed that Germany's consumer confidence is set to weaken in June.

The forward-looking consumer sentiment index dropped by 0.1 points to 10.7 in June. The score was forecast to remain at 10.7.

The currency showed mixed trading against its major rivals in the Asian session. While the euro fell against the yen and the franc, it held steady against the pound. Against the greenback, it rose.

The European currency weakened to a 3-day low of 0.8738 against the pound, from a high of 0.8778 hit at 4:00 am ET. The euro is seen finding support around the 0.86 region.

Data from the Office for National Statistics showed that U.K. retail sales grew at a faster than expected pace in April after declining a month ago.

Retail sales volume, including auto fuel, expanded 1.6 percent month-on-month, in contrast to a 1.1 percent fall in March. Sales were forecast to climb 0.9 percent.

Having advanced to 1.1746 against the greenback at 4:30 am ET, the euro reversed direction and eased to 1.1706. Next key support for the euro is likely seen around the 1.16 mark.

The euro retreated to 128.34 against the yen, within a striking distance of near a 1-year low of 127.97 seen at 9:45 pm ET. The euro is poised to challenge support around the 126.00 level.

Data from the Cabinet Office showed that Japan's leading index weakened more than initially estimated in March.

The leading index, which measures the future economic activity, dropped to 104.4 in March from 105.9 in February. The flash score for March was 105.0.

The single currency edged down to 1.1599 against the Swiss franc, from a high of 1.1653 hit at 3:00 am ET. The next possible support for the euro is seen around the 1.14 level.

The single currency eased back to 1.6918 against the kiwi, from a high of 1.6981 seen at 4:30 am ET. This may be compared to a 5-week low of 1.6879 set in the early Asian session. On the downside, 1.68 is likely seen as the next support for the euro.

Looking ahead, U.S. existing home sales for April are due shortly.

Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic will deliver speech at a research event on technology-enabled economic disruptions, co-hosted by the Atlanta Fed and Dallas Fed in Dallas at 10:35 am ET.

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