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EUR/USD charts bearish outside-day as Italy-German yield differential hits 5.5-year high

  • The EUR/USD created a bearish outside-day yesterday, signaling the recovery rally has likely ended.
  • The Italy-German yield differential hit 5.5-year high, reflecting rising concerns over Italy's budget.
  • The EUR could drop sharply if the European Union takes Italy to task over the budget deficit.
The EUR/USD is on the defensive ahead of the European Union's official response to Italy’s draft budget.

The common currency charted a bearish outside-day candle yesterday, signaling the recovery rally from the recent low of 1.1215 likely ended at the high of 1.1472 yesterday.  

The sell-off was likely triggered by the rise in Italian sovereign yields. Notably, the spread between the 10-year Italian government bond yield and its German counterpart rose to 327 basis points yesterday - the highest level since April 4, 2013.

The fresh multi-year highs on the Italy-German yield spread reflects rising concerns that the European Union may launch disciplinary procedures against Italy in response to that country's refusal to respect EU financial rules. As a result, the EUR is likely to remain on the back foot ahead of the EU's response (due today).

More importantly, the Italy-German yield differential will likely rise further in the EUR-negative manner if the EU takes Italy to task over the budget issue.

The yield differential, however, may drop sharply, lifting the EUR back above the yesterday's high of 1.1472 if the EU softens its stance.

EUR/USD Technical Levels

EUR/USD

Overview:
    Last Price: 1.1373
    Daily change: 4.0 pips
    Daily change: 0.0352%
    Daily Open: 1.1369
Trends:
    Daily SMA20: 1.1368
    Daily SMA50: 1.1504
    Daily SMA100: 1.1558
    Daily SMA200: 1.1806
Levels:
    Daily High: 1.1473
    Daily Low: 1.1358
    Weekly High: 1.142
    Weekly Low: 1.1216
    Monthly High: 1.1625
    Monthly Low: 1.1302
    Daily Fibonacci 38.2%: 1.1402
    Daily Fibonacci 61.8%: 1.1429
    Daily Pivot Point S1: 1.1327
    Daily Pivot Point S2: 1.1284
    Daily Pivot Point S3: 1.1211
    Daily Pivot Point R1: 1.1442
    Daily Pivot Point R2: 1.1515
    Daily Pivot Point R3: 1.1558