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Euro Falls Amid Risk Aversion On Trade Worries

09/11/2018 - 10:02:00 (RTTNews)

(RTTNews) - The euro slipped against its major counterparts in the European session on Tuesday amid risk aversion, as investors awaited fresh developments in U.S.-China trade tensions for direction.

Fears over a trade war escalated following news that China has asked the World Trade Organization to authorize the imposition of trade sanctions on the U.S.

Survey data from the Centre for European Economic Research showed that German economic sentiment improved more-than-expected in September.

The economic sentiment indicator climbed to -10.6 from -13.7 in August. Economist had expected a modest improvement in the index to -13.5.

Data from Eurostat showed that Eurozone employment increased at a steady pace in the second quarter.

Employment increased 0.4 percent sequentially in the second quarter, the same rate as seen in the first quarter. The annual growth also remained unchanged, at 1.5 percent.

The euro rose against its major opponents in the Asian session, with the exception of the pound.

The euro retreated to 1.1565 against the greenback, from a 4-day high of 1.1644 hit at 3:15 am ET. If the euro falls further, 1.13 is likely seen as its next support level.

Having advanced to a 5-day high of 129.83 against the yen at 3:15 am ET, the single currency reversed direction and eased to 128.77. The euro is poised to find support around the 126.00 level.

Data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry showed that Japan's tertiary industry activity recovered in July.

The tertiary industry activity index edged up 0.1 percent on month in July, in line with expectations, after declining by revised 0.6 percent in June.

The single currency dropped to 1.1264 against the franc, after rising to near a 2-week high of 1.1344 at 2:45 am ET. On the downside, 1.08 is possibly seen as the next support level for the euro.

The euro hit near a 6-week low of 0.8876 against the pound, reversing from a high of 0.8938 touched at 4:45 am ET. The euro is seen finding support around the 0.87 mark.

Data from the Office for National Statistics showed that the UK unemployment rate remained unchanged at the lowest since 1975.

The unemployment rate came in at 4 percent in three months to July, according to labor force survey. This was the lowest rate since February 1975.

The euro pared gains to 1.5223 against the loonie, from a 4-day high of 1.5294 hit at 3:15 am ET. Next key support for the euro is seen around the 1.51 region.

On the flip side, the euro extended gains to 1.7813 against the kiwi, marking a 3-year high. Further uptrend may take the euro to a resistance around the 1.80 level.

Data from Statistics New Zealand showed that New Zealand credit card spending climbed a seasonally adjusted 1.1 percent on month in August, following the 0.5 percent gain in July.

Retail credit card spending climbed 1.0 percent on month, accelerating from 0.7 percent in the previous month.

The euro held steady against the aussie, after having advanced to a 3-year high of 1.6347 at 3:45 am ET. At yesterday's close, the pair was worth 1.6293.

Data from the National Australia Bank showed that Australia's business confidence weakened in August, while business conditions improved from last month.

The business confidence index fell to +4, the lowest since August 2016, from +7 in July. Meanwhile, the business conditions index rose around 2 points to 15 in August.

Looking ahead, U.S. wholesale inventories for July will be out in the New York session.

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