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EUR/USD testing critical $1.10 support after US CPI upside surprise

The US dollar is trying to push higher through critical technical resistance levels after the US consumer price index registered its strongest showing in seven months.

The US dollar is trying to push through key resistance levels against the euro after news that US consumer prices jumped at a higher pace than expected last month, rising the most in seven months. Higher inflation bolsters the case for the US Federal Reserve to continue standing pat on interest rates, a policy the central bank ennunciated last week after initiating a series of interest rate cuts earlier this year.

The US consumer price index (CPI) climbed by 0.4% in October, a stronger pace than the 0.3% expected generally by the market. However, CPI is only climbing at a 1.8% annual rate, below the Federal Reserve target of 2%, and well below last year's peak annual rate of 3%.

EUR/USD $1.10 level still key

Just after the CPI report hit in early New York trading,EUR/USD pushed just a few pips below the $1.10 level after trading slightly higher than $1.10 in late Tuesday trade.

Technical analysts say that a meaningful breach of the $1.10 level will be critical is the US dollar is to resume its nearly two-year rise against the euro and push to new highs. Conversely, if the euro bulls can succesfully defend the $1.10 level, the case for a reversal of the two-year greenback rally gets stronger.

Since early October, EUR/USD has traded in a broad range of $1.12 to $110, and the longer the pair stays in that channel the more the euro consolidates its strong October gains and the greater the chance of another euro break to the upside.

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