Yesterday’s trade saw EUR/HKD within the range of 9.5543-9.7037. The pair closed at 9.5719, plunging 1.35% on a daily basis.
At 7:27 GMT today EUR/HKD was down 0.35% for the day to trade at 9.5373. The pair touched a daily low at 9.5217.
German IFO Business Climate Index
Business climate in Germany probably improved in December, with the respective gauge rising to 105.4 from 104.7 in November. If so, this would be the highest index reading since August, when the indicator came in at 106.3.
The IFO Business Climate Index reflects entrepreneurs’ sentiment in regard to current business situation and their expectations for the next six months. The index is based on a survey, conducted by phone and encompasses 7 000 companies, that operate in sectors such as manufacturing, construction, wholesaling and retailing industry. The Business Climate Balance represents the difference between the percentage share of respondents that are optimistic and the share of respondents that are pessimistic. The balance can fluctuate between -100, which suggests all responding companies assess their situation as poor and expect business conditions to deteriorate, and +100, which suggests all responding companies assess their situation as good and expect an improvement in business conditions. In order to calculate the IFO Business Climate Index, the Balance is normalized to the average of a base year, which currently is 2005.
The IFO Business Climate Index is comprised by two equally-weighted sub-indexes – a gauge of expectations and a gauge of current assessment. The IFO expectations index probably rose to 100.5 in December from 99.7 in November. If so, this would be the highest level since August, when it was reported at 101.7. The IFO current assessment index probably advanced to 110.4 in the current month from 110.0 in November. If so, this would be the highest index value since September. In case any of the gauges registered a larger-than-projected increase, this might have a bullish effect on the common currency.
The CESifo Group is to release the official numbers at 9:00 GMT.
Euro zone construction output
At 10:00 GMT Eurostat is to report on construction activity in the Euro zone for October. Seasonally adjusted construction output in the region decreased 1.8% in September compared to a month ago, following a 1.5% gain in August. In annual terms, output contracted at a pace of 1.7% in September, or the most since October 2013, when activity shrank 2.4%. This indicator reflects how resilient construction sector development is and also provides clues over investment activity. Higher rates of increase in output usually provide a limited support to the common currency, while higher rates of decline usually have the opposite effect.
The rate of unemployment in Hong Kong probably remained steady at 3.3% during the period September-November, according to the median forecast by experts, which would mark the fifth consecutive period, during which unemployment stood at that level.
It represents the percentage of the eligible work force that is unemployed, but is actively seeking employment.
The number of unemployed people in Hong Kong (without a seasonal adjustment) dropped by 3 700 from 132 900 in July-September to 129 200 in August-October. The number of underemployed persons was 57 200 during August-October, almost unchanged compared to 57 000 during July-September, according to the Census and Statistics Department in Hong Kong.
Total employment decreased by 7 100 from 3 785 700 in the period July-September to 3 778 600 people in August-October.
In case the unemployment rate met expectations or even increased further, this would have a bearish effect on the local currency. The official unemployment data is due out at 8:30 GMT.
According to Binary Tribune’s daily analysis, the central pivot point for the pair is at 9.6100. In case EUR/HKD manages to breach the first resistance level at 9.6656, it will probably continue up to test 9.7594. In case the second key resistance is broken, the pair will probably attempt to advance to 9.8150.
If EUR/HKD manages to breach the first key support at 9.5162, it will probably continue to slide and test 9.4606. With this second key support broken, the movement to the downside will probably continue to 9.3668.
The mid-Pivot levels for today are as follows: M1 – 9.4137, M2 – 9.4884, M3 – 9.5631, M4 – 9.6378, M5 – 9.7125, M6 – 9.7872.
In weekly terms, the central pivot point is at 9.6106. The three key resistance levels are as follows: R1 – 9.7289, R2 – 9.8036, R3 – 9.9219. The three key support levels are: S1 – 9.5359, S2 – 9.4176, S3 – 9.3429.