Investing.com - The euro pared back losses against the dollar on
Friday to finish almost unchanged after the latest U.S. employment
showed stronger-than-forecast jobs growth but also pointed to weak
earnings growth and a steep decline in labor force
EUR/USD fell to lows of 1.3812 before recovering to trade at
1.3869 by the close of Friday's session. For the week, the pair
edged up 0.12%.
The pair is likely to find support at 1.3811, Friday's low and
resistance at 1.3900.
The dollar initially strengthened against the euro after the
Labor Department reported that the U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs
in April, well above expectations for jobs growth of 210,000. The
U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a five and a half year low of
6.3%, compared to expectations for 6.6%.
But the dollar gave back gains after the report also showed that
the labor force participation rate, which measures the proportion
of people either working or looking for work, fell to 62.8% from
63.2% in March.
In addition, average wage growth edged down in April from the
same month a year earlier, dampening the medium term inflation
The report came after preliminary data on Wednesday showed that
U.S. gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of just 0.1% in
the first three months of the year, well below forecasts for an
expansion of 1.2%.
Despite the sharp slowdown in growth the Federal Reserve said
Wednesday it would reduce its bond purchases to $45 billion a
month. The Fed also said interest rates would remain on hold at
record lows for a "considerable time" after the bond-buying program
ends later this year.
The U.S. central bank acknowledged that first quarter growth was
far weaker than expected, but added that growth had started to pick
up in recent weeks.
The weak U.S. growth data helped the euro rebound from
three-week lows against the dollar.
The euro fell against the dollar after a report showed that the
annual rate of euro zone inflation ticked up to 0.7% in April from
a record low of 0.5% in March, falling short of expectations for in
increase to 0.8%. The European Central Bank targets an inflation
rate of close to but just below 2%.
The slight uptick in consumer prices did ease pressure on the
ECB to implement further monetary easing measures to tackle low
inflation in the region.
In the week ahead, market participants will be focusing on
Thursday's ECB monetary policy announcement. Investors will be
looking ahead to Monday's report on U.S. service sector activity
and Wednesday's testimony by Fed Chair Janet Yellen on monetary
policy and the economy.
Ahead of the coming week, Investing.com has compiled a list of
these and other significant events likely to affect the
Monday, May 5
In the U.S., the Institute of Supply Management is to publish a
report on service sector activity.
Tuesday, May 6
The euro zone is to produce data on retail sales, while Spain is
to release reports on employment and service sector activity. Italy
is also to publish service sector data.
The U.S. is to release data on the trade balance, the difference
in value between imports and exports.
Wednesday, May 7
In the euro zone, Germany is to publish data on factory
Later Wednesday, Fed Chair Janet Yellen is to testify before the
Joint Economic Committee of Congress, in Washington.
Thursday, May 8
Germany is to publish a report on industrial production.
The ECB is to announce its benchmark interest rate. The
announcement is to be followed by a press conference with President
The U.S. is to publish the weekly report on initial jobless
Friday, May 9
In the euro zone, Germany is to round up the week with data on
the trade balance.
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