The Euro underwent an extremely volatile session during last week's trading. The Euro continued to weaken against the Dollar, and the EUR/USD pair dropped below the 1.4600 level. However the Euro saw mixed results against the Yen and the Pound.
The Euro's volatile behavior seems to be a direct result of the mixed news coming out of the Euro-Zone's leading economies. On the one hand, German Factory Orders dropped by 2.1% in October, and the French Trade Balance failed to reach expectations for a -2.3B result, instead coming in at -4.4B. On the other hand, the German Trade Balance rose to a 12.9B surplus in October. In addition, the German Final Consumer Price Index dropped by 0.1% in November, much better than expected. According to both of these indicators, the German economy is recovering nicely.
As for the week ahead, many interesting publications are expected from the Euro-Zone. The most significant publication appears to be the German ZEW Economic Sentiment survey on Tuesday. Traders should follow this survey, as a better than expected end result could correct some of the Euro's losses against the Dollar from the past two weeks.