The EUR was also 0.01% lower overnight, last at $1.119 as the USD remained flat throughout Wednesday as FX traders held off from making big moves until definitive news is released on the trade talks between the United States and China which resume on Thursday.
Further, a cause for a stagnate EUR is that traders remained undecided on the inflationary outlook in the euro zone economy and the latest developments are neither here nor there.
Markets have generally been muted since Monday’s tweet by President Donald Trump, that he would raise tariffs on Chinese imports by Friday if a deal was not reached.
It is now known that the primary reason behind the threat was because China had backtracked late last week on almost all aspects of a draft trade agreement, threatening to blow up the negotiations (Reuters).
EUR/USD Daily Chart
The downward channel seems to hold the pair in check and support from the 10-DMA and rising daily RSI provide short-term techicals a bullish bias.
Falling monthly RSI and monthly dojis for May and April contradict daily signals, therefore it is difficult to find a clear direction for this pair, so it would be best to stand aside for now.
Safe-haven currency, Japanese Yen, has benefited slightly more from the rising trade tension than the dollar. The JPY was last 0.1% better at 110.05 per U.S. dollar and the Swiss franc was last 0.04% stronger at $1.020.
With the larger moves out of the way, traders are now waiting to hear further news from the Chinese talks on trade. Top Chinese negotiator Vice Premier Liu He will head to Washington for talks on Thursday, and some investors have interpreted Trump's tariff threats as a negotiating tactic.
Data earlier showed China's trade surplus with the United States, which has become a major irritant for Washington, expanded to $21.01 billion in April from a month ago, a factor that might provoke a hardening stance from U.S. officials.
The Chinese yuan in the offshore market edged 0.21% lower to 6.809 and was within striking distance of a four-month low hit on Monday. With Exports figures and the Balance of Trade coming in under expectations there will be some concern for Chinese Officials and the demand for their goods. Inflation Data to be released today at 11.30AM (AEST).
USD/JPY Daily Chart
USD/JPY closed Tuesday below the daily Cloud base at 110.31 and yesterday failed to even reach the Cloud base, pointing to a further slide to the March low and 161.8% Fibo-projected low at 109.70 next. If that support is broken, the weekly cloud base at 109.54 is next. On weekly charts, that's 61.8% of the 107.77-112.40 rally in the weeks following the January flash crash week.
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