EUR/USD fell mildly on Wednesday halting a three-day winning streak, as currency traders reacted to a flurry of mixed data on both sides of the Atlantic.
The currency pair traded in a broad range between 1.0871 and 1.0958, before settling at 1.0910, down 0.0047 or 0.43% on the session.
EUR/USD has been virtually flat since the Federal Reserve ended a seven-year zero interest rate policy last Wednesday when it approved its first rate hike in nearly a decade. During a volatile month of trading, the euro has gained more than 3.25% in value against is American counterpart.
EUR/USD likely gained support at 1.0538, the low from December 3 and was met with resistance at 1.1352, the high from Oct. 22.
The dollar held onto gains from the morning session amid a weak batch of data in the euro zone. In France, third quarter GDP was revised down by 0.1% to 1.1% annually, providing a harbinger of potential slowing economic growth in the final quarter of the year.
The subdued reading was accompanied by downbeat data in the U.K. where GDP increased by 2.1% annually in the third quarter, decelerating from yearly growth of 2.3% in the previous quarter. It marked the worst third quarter in the U.K. since 2013.
In the U.S, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) said U.S. personal income ticked up by 0.3% in November, marking the eighth consecutive month that the figure moved higher. Analysts forecasted gains of 0.2% last month, following a robust increase of 0.4% in October.
It came amid an acceleration in wages and salaries for government workers and an $11.6 billion bonus paid to United Auto Workers employees, one of the nation’s largest unions.