British Pound Takes Breather On Carney Comments

Dear Traders,

Monday has been a quite challenging trading day for traders of the EUR/USD and GBP/USD. While the British pound declined against the U.S. dollar after Bank of England Governor Carney’s comments were interpreted as more dovish following last week’s MPC statement, we have shot all our powder and finally missed out on the profitable bearish movement in the GBP/USD.

Carney reinforced the BoE’s view that the rate hike cycle in the U.K. will be “limited and gradual” and acknowledged that there was still clear concern over the health of the economy amid Brexit. His comments weakened the pound in the short term. GBP/USD traded consolidated and fell towards 1.3460. We now see a lower support at 1.34/1.3380 and if the pound drops below that level we may see a correction towards 1.33. On the topside, the 1.3620-level remains unbroken and sterling bulls may focus on a bullish break of that resistance level in order to buy pounds towards 1.38.

The euro traded sideways between 1.1970 and 1.1915. We now focus on price breakouts either above 1.1990 or below 1.1935. The German and Eurozone ZEW Survey are both scheduled for release at 9:00 UTC today and may have a slight impact on the euro.

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