The European currency hovered below a key level on Wednesday, running into profit taking after it hit a 11-week high against the U.S. Dollar, with attention turning toward the Australian Dollar ahead of crucial inflation data. The EUR slipped below the psychological, and technically crucial, level of $1.30, having hit a high of $1.3045 on Tuesday.
The 16-nation currency held some impressive gains against the Japanese yen, trading above 114 yen after having jumped over 1% on Tuesday to a 2-month high. Traders said the EUR/JPY looked increasingly bullish on charts, especially after it rose above 113.50 yen where it had met lots of offers from Japanese exporters.
Moreover, despite the EUR/USD easing from highs, sentiment toward the single currency remains bullish in the short term with a number of commentators surprised by the resilience of the Euro-Zone economy. On the other hand, doubts remain over the ability of the U.S. economy to avoid a slowdown. Market players say that a sustained break above the $1.30 level could place the single currency against the greenback in a new $1.30-$1.35 trading range in the coming weeks.