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EUR/USD will remain bullish as long as the 20 SMA holds as support

EUR/USD Remains Bullish, Despite the US Economy Booming

Posted Thursday, April 22, 2021 by
Skerdian Meta • 2 min read

EUR/USD turned bearish in the first week of January this year after being bullish since March last year, as the USD turned bearish. But, the decline in the USD stopped in January and EUR/USD turned bearish, losing around 650 cents as it fell to 1.70.

The situation reversed this month; at first this bullish move looked like a retrace before the decline resumed again, but EUR/USD climbed above 1.20 and is still crawling higher. The 20 SMA (gray) is acting as support on the H4 chart, where we decided to open a buy signal yesterday after the retreat.

That signal closed in profit today as the price reversed higher again. The unemployment claims declined again last week, as the report released a while ago showed, confirming the great shape of the US economy. Although, EUR/USD still remains supported by the 20 SMA. Below is the US employment report:

Initial jobless claims and continuing claims for the current week

  • Initial jobless claims 547K versus 610K estimate. Lowest level cents March 14, 2020
  • Prior week revised to 586K from 576K previously reported
  • Continuing claims 3,674K  vs last week 3,708K versus 3,731K previously reported. The continuing claims is a loss since March 21, 2020
  • Four-week moving average continuing claims 3713K vs 3754K (revised)
  • During the week ending April 3, 51 states reported 7,309,604 continued weekly claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits and 51 states reported 5,605,935 continued claims for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits
  • The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending April 10 were in New York (+16,028), Florida (+9,377), Alabama (+5,517), Washington (+5,380), and Georgia (+4,759),
  • The largest decreases were in California (-76,082), Virginia (-23,492), Ohio (-21,831), Texas (-17,436), and Kentucky (-15,424).
Initial jobless claims and continuing claims
Good data for the 2nd consecutive week as the reopening in the US continues.  The claims numbers before the pandemic hit were around 215K area. So the data is better but still elevated. The last time the pre-pandemic number was above 547 was on the week of September 25, 2009 when it was at 554K.  That was down from a cycle high of 674K during the week of March 27, 2009. The high during the pandemic reached 6149.0K on April 3, 2020.
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Skerdian Meta // Lead Analyst
Skerdian Meta Lead Analyst. Skerdian is a professional Forex trader and a market analyst. He has been actively engaged in market analysis for the past 11 years. Before becoming our head analyst, Skerdian served as a trader and market analyst in Saxo Bank's local branch, Aksioner. Skerdian specialized in experimenting with developing models and hands-on trading. Skerdian has a masters degree in finance and investment.
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