The ISM services index rose to 64.0 in May, up from 62.7 in April (vs. 63.0 projected).
As regards the May ADP report, the number of private sector jobs surged to 978,000, the steepest rise since June 2020. The April reading was downwardly revised to 654,000 from 742,000 (vs. 650,000 expected).
In addition, initial jobless claims (including seasonal fluctuations) totaled 385,000 for the week ending May 29, down from 405,000 in the previous week and a pandemic-era low (since mid-March 2020).
After this slew of stellar data, traders started buying into the dollar, with the conviction that the today’s NFP figure will exceed the baseline forecast of 650,000 and lend support to the greenback.
Today’s macro agenda (GMT 3)
- 11:30 UK: construction sector PMI (May)
- 11:00 Eurozone: retail sales (April)
- 14:00 ECB President Christine Lagarde and Fed Chair Jerome Powell speeches
- 15:30 employment change, nonfarm payrolls, unemployment rate (May); Canada: unemployment rate, employment change (May)
- 17:00 Canada: Ivey PMI (May); US: factory orders (April)
- 20:00 US: Baker Hughes weekly oil rig count
The euro slipped to 1.2118 during the North American trading session. Asian speculators pushed the price action to a low of 1.2104. At the time of writing, the euro was trading at 1.2113.
After the dollar’s bull run yesterday, all eyes are on US payrolls. The private sector (ADP) and jobless claims reports make players hopeful that payrolls will stage a show of strength.
If the jobs report overshoots the 650k baseline forecast and the unemployment rate decreases, the dollar will continue to move higher against peer currencies. Meanwhile, the euro could drop as low as 1.2050, depending on how the US10Y yield moves. However, if the yield does not move higher, the euro will experience an upward correction. The decline could be limited, as the upbeat data was already priced in yesterday. And if the headline number disappoints, the euro could retrace to 1.2180.
On the daily TF, after breaking through 1.2160, the scales are tilted to the sell side. With the downward correction gaining momentum, the immediate support level will be 1.2070, followed by 1.2005.
Uncertainty will be added by the speeches from ECB President Lagarde and Fed Chair Powell. They are scheduled to speak at 11:00 GMT ahead of payrolls. Given the magnitude of today’s events for the FX market, we advise players to stick to the sidelines heading into the weekend.
Bottom line: on Thursday, the euro tumbled on the back of stellar macro stateside. The 10Y Treasury yield jumped to 1.632% from 1.591%. Traders bought in the greenback on expectations that today’s NFP figures will exceed the baseline forecast of 650k and prop up the dollar. Uncertainty is added by speeches from ECB President Lagarde and Fed Chairman Powell. They are slated to speak at 11:00 GMT ahead of payrolls. Expect heighted volatility after 11:00 GMT, which will continue until the close of European trading.