The FX market on Thursday can be described as rather muted. As expected, GBP/USD traded higher but the bullish momentum was limited to a high of 1.2955. The cable now needs to overcome the 1.30-barrier in order to encourage sterling bulls for a test of 1.3020/45 . EUR/USD traders however, sold euros below 1.1420 but yesterday’s downward movement was limited to a low of 1.1370. A break below 1.1380 has thus failed to ignite bearish momentum toward 1.13.
Today might be more interesting for traders as U.S. Consumer Inflation due at 12:30 UTC will be closely scrutinized. Yellen believes that the current downtrend in inflation will be temporary and if she is right and we see upbeat inflation figures, the greenback will rise. However, there is a risk that inflation could slow again in June and this would increase the pressure on the U.S. dollar. If the forecast is correct and inflation slowed to 1.7 percent, it is the fourth consecutive month of deceleration and the weakest reading since November 2016.
Let’s be surprised while we prepare for higher volatility around the release of CPI data.
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