EUR/USD declined today, erasing yesterday’s gains. Market analysts explained the decline by risk aversion caused by the spread of the COVID-19 across Europe as well as rising political tensions between China and the European Union as well as other Western powers.
US current account logged a deficit of $188.5 billion in Q4 2020, up from $180.9 billion in Q3. The actual value was in line with analysts’ forecasts. (Event A on the chart.)
Richmond Fed manufacturing index rose from 14 in February to 17 in March. The consensus forecast had promised just a marginal increase to 15. (Event B on the chart.)
New home sales were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 775k in February, missing the consensus forecast of 872k. The previous month’s figure got a positive revision from 923k to 948k. (Event B on the chart.)
Yesterday, a report on existing home sales was released, showing that they were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.22 million in February, down from the previous month’s revised level of 6.66 million (6.69 million before the revision). The market consensus had promised a better reading of 6.55 million. (Not shown on the chart.)
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