EUR/USD – Euro Trading Sideways, Federal Reserve Up Next

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EUR/USD has ticked lower in the Thursday session. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.1421, down 0.05% on the day. On the release front, Germany’s trade surplus dropped to 17.6 billion, shy of the estimate of 18.2 billion. On Friday, the U.S releases Producer Price Index reports and UoM Consumer Sentiment.

The crisis over the Italian budget shows no signs of easing anytime soon. The EU’s Economic Commissioner, Pierre Moscovici, has demanded that Rome revise its budget, which it says increases Italy’s debt and is in breach of EU rules. Moscovici has demanded a response from Rome by November 13 and has even threatened sanctions if the Italian government does not comply. On Wednesday, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said that he had no intention of backing down over the budget. Italy is the third largest economy in the eurozone, and the financial markets and the euro could react negatively if Rome and Brussels cannot resolve the crisis.

After digesting the results of the U.S. midterm elections, investors will be focusing on the Federal Reserve, which will hold its monthly policy meeting. The Fed is widely expected to maintain interest rates, after raising rates by 25 basis points in September. The markets will be combing through the rate statement, as the tone of the statement could move the U.S dollar. The Fed has sounded hawkish in the September statement, acknowledging the booming U.S economy and reiterating that it planned to continue its stance of gradually raising rates. The Fed is expected to raise rates in December, which would mark a fourth hike in 2018, and continue with at least three rate hikes in 2019.
 
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