Global FX Market Summary: Political Earthquake rattles Eurozone, US Dollar Soars, Fed Meeting Looms June 10 ,2024

Dmitry Chernovolov Market Analyst

Political jitters in Europe and strong US data weigh on the Euro ahead of a key Fed meeting that could determine the currency’s fate.

Political jitters in Europe

1. EU Political Earthquake rattles Eurozone

The European Parliamentary Elections delivered a shock to the Eurozone, shaking investor confidence and weakening the Euro. Far-right parties across the continent made significant gains, chipping away at the dominance of centrist parties. This political shift has raised concerns about potential gridlock and instability in the future of the European Union. In France, the results were particularly dramatic. President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party lost a significant number of seats, falling behind both the far-right National Rally led by Marine Le Pen and a resurgent left-wing coalition. This unexpected outcome forced Macron’s hand, prompting him to call for a snap parliamentary election in a desperate attempt to regain control. The uncertainty surrounding these upcoming elections and the potential for a far-right victory in France is causing jitters in financial markets and putting downward pressure on the Euro.

2. US Dollar Soars on Stellar Job Numbers

The US Dollar extended its winning streak on Monday, buoyed by the robust performance of the US economy as revealed in Friday’s Nonfarm Payrolls data. The report showed a significant increase in job creation in May, exceeding market expectations. Furthermore, wage growth surprised on the upside, indicating continued strength in the US labor market. This positive economic data fueled optimism about the US economy’s resilience and bolstered the case for the Federal Reserve to maintain its current interest rate policy. A stronger US economy, coupled with the prospect of steady interest rates, makes the US Dollar a more attractive investment compared to other currencies, leading to its appreciation.

3. Fed Meeting Looms Large, Casting a Shadow on Markets

This week’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting is the focal point for investors around the globe. While the Fed is widely expected to keep interest rates unchanged at this meeting, the real focus lies on the central bank’s economic projections and its future intentions regarding monetary policy. Investors are eager to hear the Fed’s assessment of inflation and its plans for potential interest rate hikes later in the year. A hawkish stance from the Fed, indicating a more aggressive approach to raising rates to combat inflation, could further strengthen the US Dollar. Conversely, a dovish tone, suggesting a more patient approach, could lead to a pullback in the Dollar’s value. The outcome of the FOMC meeting has the potential to significantly impact currency markets, including the EUR/USD exchange rate.

Major Economic Events for this week:

  1. Federal Reserve Interest Rate Decision (June 12th, 18:00) [HIGH Impact, USD]

This is the most crucial event of the week. The Federal Reserve (Fed) will decide whether to raise interest rates, and by how much. This decision will impact borrowing costs for businesses and consumers, potentially affecting economic growth and inflation. The Fed will also release its economic projections and interest rate forecasts, providing clues about future monetary policy.

  1. Bank of Japan (BoJ) Interest Rate Decision (June 14th, 03:00) [HIGH Impact, JPY]

The Bank of Japan will announce its decision on interest rates. Unlike the Fed, the BoJ is expected to maintain its ultra-loose monetary policy. However, investors will be looking for any signs of a shift in the BoJ’s stance, which could have a significant impact on the Japanese Yen (JPY) exchange rate.

  1. Claimant Count Change (UK) (June 11th, 09:00) [HIGH Impact, GBP]

This data reveals the change in the number of people claiming unemployment benefits in the UK. A decrease suggests a strengthening labor market, while an increase could indicate weakening economic conditions. This data can influence the Bank of England’s (BoE) monetary policy decisions.

  1. US Consumer Price Index (CPI) (June 12th, 12:30) [HIGH Impact, USD]

The CPI measures inflation in the US. A higher-than-expected CPI reading could strengthen the case for a Fed rate hike to combat inflation. Conversely, a lower-than-expected reading could ease pressure on the Fed.

  1. Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) (EU) (June 12th, 06:00 & June 14th, 06:45) [HIGH Impact, EUR]

The HICP is the primary measure of inflation in the Eurozone. Similar to the US CPI, the HICP will influence the European Central Bank’s (ECB) monetary policy decisions. A rising HICP could prompt the ECB to tighten policy to control inflation.

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