The Euro strengthened against all the major currencies during yesterday's trading session. The Euro gained about 180 pips against the Dollar, about 100 pips vs. the Pound, and about 250 pips against the Yen.
The Euro's strengthened against its major rivals as several positive economic reports were published. The German Flash Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 61.2 in July, from 58.4 on June. It is a survey of about 600 purchasing managers, who are asked to rate their level of business conditions. In addition, the European Industrial New Orders rose by 3.8% during May, beating expectations for a 0.1% drop. The report also showed that compared to the same month last year, industrial sales rose by 22.7%. The Euro-Zone's economic condition is considered to be somewhat fragile due to the high debts of several European nations. As a result, the batch of positive data has a significant affect on the Euro. Investors are looking for reasons to believe that the Euro-Zone is recovering and such positive reports are all they can ask for.
Looking ahead to today, many interesting publications are expected from the Euro-Zone. First of all will be the German Business Climate report. This is a survey of about 7,000 businesses, who are asked to rate their current business conditions and expectations for the next 6 months. The survey is expected to remain at its high level above 101. In addition, the Euro-Zone's Bank Stress Test Results are due today. The results are expected to reveal the European banks' stability, and whether the capital reserves are sufficient. Positive report will further support the Euro, however if the results won't be as satisfying as expected, the Euro might erase yesterday's profits.