Cable Remains Trading Sideways – Focus On CPI

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The euro dropped below 1.1160 as ECB President Mario Draghi confirmed the central bank’s easing bias. The ECB stands ready to act in the light of recent financial turmoil and would pay close attention to the impact of renewed declines in energy prices as well as the ability of banks to transpose the ECB’s monetary policy. Draghi said “if either of these two factors entail downward risks to price stability, we will not hesitate to act”. His remarks to the European parliament indicate that the central bank could unveil further stimulus at their next ECB meeting in March. The EUR/USD traded lower in response to Draghi’s statement.

Furthermore, the OMT bond buying program returns to the headlines. The Federal Constitutional Court holds again a hearing in a lawsuit against the European Central Bank’s Outright Monetary Transactions program (OMT), a never-used bond buying program announced in 2012. If Germany’s top judges decide that the ECB is overstepping its mandate, they could restrict the central bank’s options.

The Eurozone ZEW Survey is scheduled for release at 10:00 GMT along with German ZEW Index and if figures are even lower than the expectations, the euro could accelerate its decline.

The British pound traded lower on Monday but still remained within its current trading range. U.K. Consumer prices are due for release today at 9:30 GMT and may help to determine a clear direction and increase the momentum. A sustained break below 1.4350 could drive the cable towards 1.4290, whereas a break above 1.4540 may invigorate renewed bullish momentum.

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