The Rise And Fall Of The Pound Amidst Political Turmoil

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The biggest story on Monday was the rise and fall of the British pound which were due to political headlines. After Davis’ resignation, Boris Johnson and Steve Baker followed, who did not support Theresa May’s less aggressive so-called ‘soft Brexit’ approach. This throws the stability of the U.K. government into question. Any signs that Brexit negotiations could be delayed due to political uncertainties, could increase the pressure on the pound.

GBP/USD: The pound rose to a high of 1.3363 before the sharp decline happened that sent sterling back towards a test of 1.32. A significant break below 1.32 could spur bearish momentum towards 1.3150 and 1.31. For bullish momentum to resume we would need to see a sustained break above 1.3320.

The euro reversed shy off 1.18 but found some short-term support at 1.1730. ECB President Mario Draghi reiterated his warning that trade wars pose the greatest risk to growth and stability. From a technical perspective, we will keep tabs on a break below 1.17 as long as the euro proves unable to overcome the 1.18-hurdle.

Today, traders will watch first monthly estimate of the U.K. GDP at 8:30 UTC. From the eurozone we have the ZEW Surveys due at 9:00 UTC.

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Will Payrolls Hurt Or Help The U.S. Dollar?

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While Thursday proved to be a volatile trading day, the volatile but choppy swings in the market were not to our liking. Entries were triggered and stopped out due to heightened volatility but there was little follow-through on either side.

The U.S. dollar gained traction ahead of yesterday’s FOMC minutes but the statement did not alter rate hike expectations. While the Fed saw gradual rate hikes as needed given a very strong U.S. economy, some Fed members are concerned about intensified risks around trade policy.

The focus now shifts to the U.S. NFP report scheduled for release at 12:30 UTC.

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Watch Out For Higher Volatility Today

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As expected, there wasn’t much volatility in the Forex market Wednesday with the euro and pound remaining within narrow price ranges. The GBP/USD was able to stabilize above 1.32 following an upbeat U.K. Services PMI report but the pair rejected the 1.3250-hurdle, at least for now. Generally speaking, the medium-term outlook for the pound is still bullish as market participants prepare for a potential rate hike in August. Odds for an August rate hike are currently at 53 percent.

BoE Governor Carney speaks in Newcastle today at 10:00 UTC and any comments on monetary policy could get the pound moving.

The euro appears to lose some of its downside momentum while we see a higher likelihood of an imminent break above 1.1690 and possibly even 1.1720 in the short-term. The euro’s slight upward bias was also backed by reports that some ECB members are seeing a rate hike in late 2019 as ‘too late’.

From the U.S. we have the ADP report, scheduled for release at 12:15 UTC, followed by the ISM Non-Manufacturing index at 14:00 UTC.

Last but not least, we will pay attention to the FOMC meeting minutes due at 18:00 UTC, which are expected to have a positive tone. If the minutes signal further steepening in the appropriate policy path, the dollar could receive some fresh boost.

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Risk-Off Mode In The Market

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It seems that market participants are shying away from any risk right now.This risk aversion leads to unsteady and trendless markets with limited swings. Also, we have a U.S. market holiday on Wednesday which is why market participants may prefer to stay on the sidelines until Thursday. Thus, we didn’t see larger swings Monday with both EUR/USD and GBP/USD remaining confined to relatively tight trading ranges.

EUR/USD: Looking for short-term price breakouts, we are keeping tabs on a break either above 1.1680 on the upside or a break below 1.1570 on the downside.

GBP/USD: Looking for short-term price breakouts, we are keeping tabs on an upside break either above 1.32 or a downside break below 1.3090.

The only piece of economic data today will be the U.K. Construction PMI due at 8:30 UTC. From the U.S., we have Durable Goods Orders at 14:00 UTC but none of these reports is expected to trigger larger fluctuations in the market.

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Euro Jumps On Migration Deal At EU Summit

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There was nothing to gain for day traders on Thursday with the price action in both major currency pairs EUR/USD and GBP/USD remaining limited to a tight trading range. Rather, we suffered losses while trying to benefit from the choppy swings yesterday. The moderate market development can be attributed to lacking fundamental headlines, while the first day of the EU Leaders summit ended without a deal on migration issues. However, those that had a look at the market in today’s early trading hours may have wondered what happened to the euro which showed an impressive rise towards a high at 1.1666. News that EU leaders have reached a deal on migration at the summit spurred the euro’s bullish price action in early Asian trading. The euro jumped at the prospect of the deal defusing a dispute over how to share the burden of immigration within the EU.

EUR/USD: As stated in yesterday’s analysis, as long as the 1.15-support holds we expect the euro to test the 1.17-resistance and possibly even the 1.18-handle.

GBP/USD: The pound rose in tandem with the euro this morning but was unable to overcome the short-term resistance at 1.3130, at least until now. A break above 1.3130 could result in an upswing towards 1.3150/70 whereas a renewed break below 1.3060 could lead to a test of 1.30.

Today we will watch the U.K. GDP Report, due at 8:30 UTC, followed by the Eurozone Consumer Price Index (9:00 UTC) and the U.S. PCE Index (12:30 UTC).

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U.S. Dollar Strengthened Against Euro And Pound – Now What?

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The euro came down from its most recent high at 1.1720 while Tuesday’s decline in the EUR/USD was mainly due to a strengthening U.S. dollar. We now turn our focus to a day trading range between 1.1685-1.1630 and keep tabs on price breakouts either above or below that range in order to evaluate profitable trading chances in the near-term. If the euro is able to overcome the 1.1715-hurdle again, we expect accelerated bullish momentum towards 1.1820. As for the bears, the 1.1510/00-level remains of crucial importance in terms of a profitable breakout level.

The only piece of economic data today will be U.S. Durable Goods Orders at 12:30 UTC.

The British pound depreciated against the greenback and tested the 1.32-support level. As long as 1.32 holds we turn our focus to a break above the 1.33-handle. Below 1.3190 however, the pound may suffer further losses towards 1.3150 and 1.3070.

Bank of England governor Mark Carney is scheduled to speak about the Financial Stability Report today at 8:30 UTC although he is not expected to drift too far from the subject. Thus, the impact on the pound could be less significant.

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Pound Surges On BoE Rate Hike Speculation

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The Bank of England delivered a hawkish twist at yesterday’s BoE meeting and the British pound responded with a short squeeze towards 1.3270. The MPC voted 6-3 to hold rates steady, but the fact that there were three dissents voting in favor of an immediate rate hike leaves room for speculation about a rate increase in August. Thus, odds for a rate hike at the next BoE decision in August have increased to 45 percent from 33 percent, which in turn pushed the pound sterling towards higher price levels.

Following yesterday’s short squeeze, we may now see some consolidated movement between 1.33-1.32. If the pound is, however, able to overtake the 1.33-handle we expect a higher resistance at 1.34. Traders should generally expect more strength in the pound as we approach the BoE August meeting.

As for the U.S. dollar, the last trading session was dominated by intense selling pressure with prices rebounding off an 11-month high. We will keep tabs on the technical picture but will also take into account volatile fundamental themes such as escalating trade tensions between the US and China which are continuing to roil the markets in the near-term.

The euro benefited from the selling pressure in the greenback and recovered some losses after sellers got shy as the euro approached the 1.15-boundary.

Technically speaking, we still see the EUR/USD confined to a sideways trading range between 1.17 – 1.15.  As long as this range holds, the outlook remains neutral. For the bias to slightly shift in favor of the bulls, we would need to see a sustained break above 1.1730 with higher resistances coming in at 1.1850 and 1.19.

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BoE Decision: Is August Rate Hike Still In The Cards?

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The British pound ended the trading day little changed against the U.S. dollar after compromise has been reached between the U.K. government and Parliament on the progress of the EU Brexit bill. The pound’s rise to a high of 1.3217 proved short-lived and traders now wonder whether the 1.3140-level could give way to further bearish momentum. A lower target could be at 1.3080.

Today, all eyes will turn to the Bank of England rate decision at 11:00 UTC but there aren’t any actual expectations for a move at this meeting. The big question is rather whether the BoE begins to lay the groundwork for a possible rate hike in August. This is, however, not the most likely scenario.

After that rate decision, BoE Governor Mark Carney is due for his annual Mansion House speech and this may actually turn out to be a more proactive driver for the pound. Carney’s speech will be widely-watched for clues or hints around his expectations for the UK economy.

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Subdued Price Action

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Trading was subdued on Monday with both major currency pairs fluctuating in tight ranges.

As expected, the euro recovered some of its losses towards 1.1650 after it failed to break below 1.1550. As mentioned in yesterday’s analysis, a near-term resistance is in the 1.1650-1.1720 region from where sellers in the EUR/USD may take the opportunity to sell euros at higher levels.

ECB President Draghi will deliver another speech today (8:00 UTC) at the ECB Forum in Sintra, Portugal.

The GBP/USD has shown little willingness to test the 1.32-level and finally headed towards 1.3280 this morning. A next hurdle could come in at 1.33 now, followed by 1.3420.

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