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Euro Higher After ECB Weidmann Calls On To Start Exiting Stimulus

08/23/2018 - 09:29:00 (RTTNews)

(RTTNews) - The euro was higher against its major counterparts in the European session on Thursday, after Deutsche Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann said that the European Central Bank must not postpone the normalization of monetary policy.

"It's also time to begin exiting the very expansionary monetary policy and the non-standard measures, especially considering their possible side effects," Weidman said in a speech at the Berlin Foreign Press Club.

"This normalization process will probably take place only gradually over the next few years. That's exactly why it has been so important to actually get the ball rolling without undue delay," he said.

The minutes from the recent monetary policy meeting showed that the euro area economy was proceeding along a solid and broad-based growth path and the risks surrounding the euro area growth outlook remained broadly balanced, but uncertainties related to global factors remained prominent.

Members broadly agreed that an ample degree of monetary policy accommodation was still necessary to support the further build-up of domestic price pressures and headline inflation over the medium term.

Flash data from IHS Markit showed that the euro area private sector continued to expand in August, albeit with the rate of expansion remaining one of the weakest seen over the past year-and-a-half.

The composite output index rose marginally to 54.4 in August from 54.3 in July. But the score was slightly below the forecast of 54.5.

The currency traded mixed against its major counterparts in the Asian session. While it fell against the greenback and the franc, it held steady against the yen and the pound.

The euro advanced to a 2-week high of 128.43 against the yen, and held steady thereafter. On the upside, 130.00 is likely seen as the next resistance level for the euro.

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

The leading index, which measures the future economic activity, dropped to 104.7 in June from 106.9 in May. The preliminary score for June was 105.2.

The single currency bounced off to 1.1590 against the greenback, from a 2-day low of 1.1542 seen at 12:00 am ET. The euro is likely to challenge resistance around the 1.17 level.

Data from the Labor Department showed a modest decrease in first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits in the week ended August 18th.

The report said initial jobless claims edged down to 210,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 212,000. Economists had expected jobless claims to inch up to 215,000.

The 19-nation currency edged up to 0.8994 against the pound, after having fallen to 0.8970 at 8:45 pm ET. The next likely resistance for the euro is seen around the 0.92 level.

The latest quarterly Distributive Trades Survey from the Confederation of British Industry showed that UK retailers reported an above-average sales growth in the year to August but the outlook was less positive with declines in employment, investment intention and business optimism.

A net balance of 29 percent said their sales volumes increased in August. However, the balance for the next month fell to 22 percent.

The euro recovered to 1.1388 against the franc, from a 2-day low of 1.1365 touched at 5:00 am ET. If the euro rises further, 1.16 is likely seen as its next resistance level.

The 19-nation currency firmed to near a 2-week high of 1.7358 against the kiwi and a 3-1/2-month high of 1.5898 against the aussie, reversing from its early lows of 1.7281 and 1.5757, respectively. The euro is poised to find resistance around 1.75 against the kiwi and 1.61 against the aussie.

The euro, having fallen to a 2-day low of 1.5055 against the loonie at 8:45 pm ET, reversed direction and ticked higher to 1.5114. The euro is likely to challenge resistance around the 1.52 level.

Looking ahead, U.S. new home sales for July and Markit's preliminary manufacturing PMI for August are slated for release shortly.

At 10:00 am ET, Eurozone advanced consumer confidence index for August will be out.

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