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Europe On Defensive As Energy Costs Soar

By InstaForex GroupForexMar 25, 2022 07:32AM ET
Europe On Defensive As Energy Costs Soar
By InstaForex Group   |  Mar 25, 2022 07:32AM ET
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Before his official visit to Brussels, Joe Biden said openly that he aimed to advocate for tighter sanctions on Russia. Everyone understood that he wanted to push the EU authorities into imposing an embargo on Russian energy supplies.

This move would be suicide for Europe because Brussels is trying to figure out how to replace Russian oil and gas imports. The EU imports the lion’s share of gas from Russia. Such huge volumes cannot be substituted for something else in no time.

Other oil and gas exporters could ramp up their output rates. The trouble is that a particular infrastructure is needed to arrange new supply routes. However, neither Europe nor other exporters have this infrastructure.

Besides, Saudi Arabia and the UAE reject any discussion on increasing oil output rates. Yesterday, Qatar denied the information about its agreement with Germany on gas supplies. To make things worse, Moscow decided to settle international payments for gas in rubles with some buyers.

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen called Moscow’s decision outrageous, condemning this intention of dodging Western sanctions. All in all, EU policymakers were on edge. Market participants were also unnerved about the oil embargo, but in the end, they sighed with relief.

New sanctions turned out to be insignificant, affecting a few individuals. The single European currency perked up in light of the news, making modest gains. EUR is unlikely to extend growth today. The market is expected to trade flat.

With the focus on such crucial events, traders neglected preliminary PMIs for March. Nevertheless, they were reported better than expected, albeit the readings went down. The flash EU manufacturing PMI fell to 57.0 from 58.2, in line with expectations.

However, the EU services PMI declined to 54.8 from 55.5, whereas analysts had projected a sharper fall to 54.6. As a result, the composite PMI dropped to 54.5 from 55.5. The forecast was 53.7.

EU composite PMI.
EU composite PMI.

The US PMIs raise a lot of questions. The manufacturing PMI grew to 58.5 from 57.3, defying expectations for a decline to 56.8. Likewise, the services PMI rose to 58.9 from 56.5 instead of a decrease to 55.4.

Importantly, these are the metrics for March when gasoline prices in the US rose like hell, and the sanctions against Russia had already hurt the global economy. The question is how the business activity could improve under such fundamentals.

US composite PMI.
US composite PMI.

EUR/USD touched a new swing low at about 1.0960. Traders cut short positions, and the price rebounded as a result. The RSI technical instrument crossed the 50 level upwards on the 4-hour chart, thus confirming a buy signal.

The H4 Alligator indicator does not provide a clear signal. Moving averages are intersected. The D1 Alligator is still indicating a downtrend in the medium term. Moving averages are not intersected. The daily chart reveals an overall downtrend with an ongoing 3-week technical correction that began from support at 1.0800.

Outlook And Trading Tips

Under such market conditions, the corrective move is still underway despite a few attempts to change market sentiment. Traders could increase long positions if the price settles above 1.1050 on the 4-hour chart. In this case, buyers could insist on a further correction.

The alternative bearish scenario might come into play if the price settles below 1.0960 on the 4-hour chart. This move will indicate that the correction is complete. Complex indicator analysis suggests buying in the short term, and intraday as the price rebounded off a swing low at 1.0960. Technical indicators signal a downtrend in the medium term that suggests selling.

EUR/USD 4-hour chart.
EUR/USD 4-hour chart.

Europe On Defensive As Energy Costs Soar

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Europe On Defensive As Energy Costs Soar

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