All Eyes On U.S. Payroll Report
The biggest story in the markets yesterday was the British pound which dropped like a stone after the Bank of England unleashed a stimulus package to combat the post-Brexit fallout. All MPC policy makers have unanimously decided to cut interest rates for the first time in seven years while further rate cuts may follow later this year if the economic outlook proves to remain grim. BoE Governor Carney said in his statement that the central bank “took these steps because the economic has changed markedly”, declaring that all elements of the stimulus can be taken further, including another rate cut. Furthermore, the BoE cut its growth forecast for 2017 to 0.8 percent from 2.3 percent (the most ever) and lowered its 2018 predictions. All this was enough for sterling bears to drive the pound lower towards 1.31. A next support area could now be at 1.3085-1.3065. Once the 1.3060-level gives way to the downward pressure, we could see sterling falling towards 1.30.
The euro remained largely unchanged against the U.S. dollar and traded comfortably between 1.1150 and 1.1115. We were a bit unlucky with our short-entry at the lower bound of the euro’s trading range which was exactly triggered before the price reversed. We now focus on a break below 1.11 before shifting the attention to the 1.1050-support. Euro bears should rather wait for prices below 1.1050 in order to sell the euro towards lower levels. However, above 1.1190 the euro may head for another test of 1.1230. A current resistance is seen at 1.1275.
Today it’s payrolls-day again and all eyes will be on the highly anticipated U.S. labor market report at 12:30 UTC. The monthly jobs report will provide more information on whether the Federal Reserve can raise interest rates in 2016. The report is expected to show a slower job growth in July after the strong increase in June but this does not necessarily mean that dollar bulls have no chance this month. Market participants will also pay close attention to the unemployment rate and wage growth figures and if these headlines come in with a positive surprise the dollar will rally. In case of any disappointments however, the greenback might be vulnerable to losses.
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