Thursday, February 14, 2013

Forex - EUR/USD at three-week lows after EZ GDP data - The euro was trading close to three-week lows against the dollar on Thursday, after official data showed that the recession in the euro zone deepened in the fourth quarter, with gross domestic product contracting more-than-forecast.

EUR/USD hit 1.3316 during European afternoon trade, the pair’s lowest since January 24; the pair subsequently consolidated at 1.3341, shedding 0.83%.

The pair was likely to find support at 1.3247, the low of January 11 and resistance at 1.3454, the session high.

Eurostat said euro zone GDP contracted by 0.6% in the three months to December, compared to expectations for a 0.4% decline, after a 0.1% contraction in the third quarter.

It was the fastest rate of decline since 2009 and marked a third consecutive quarter of contraction.

Euro zone GDP fell 0.9% compared to a year earlier, worse than expectations for a 0.7% contraction, after shrinking at an annualized rate of 0.6% in the previous quarter.

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