The 16 nation currency completed yesterday's trading session higher versus most major currencies. The EUR closed higher versus the JPY yesterday, and the pair closed at around the 134.70 level. The EUR also saw bullishness against the GBP as it jumped around 60 pips and closed at 0.8547.
The major economic event that came out of the Euro-Zone yesterday was the Industrial New Orders data release. Industrial orders in the Euro-Zone were unequivocally weak, plunging more than a third, year on year in April, a record decline led by falling demand for capital and intermediate goods. A slowdown in the decline in orders in March had raised hopes that the downturn was bottoming out, but the sharp fall in April signals that a recovery may take longer to start in earnest. Analysts believe the first quarter of this year was the low point of the Euro-Zone's recession.
Looking ahead to today, the most important economic indicator scheduled to be released from the Euro-Zone is the German Prelim CPI. Analysts are forecasting this figure to increase from its previous reading. Traders will be paying close attention to today's announcement as a stronger than expected result may continue to bolster the EUR in the short-term.