The biggest story yesterday was the euro which rose against the U.S. dollar and traded well above 1.09. The reason for the correction can be attributed to positioning. Hedge funds reduced their dollar long positions on speculations the Federal Reserve will wait until at least April to raise interest rates again. However, we expect the dollar to resume its uptrend within the first months of the new year, but it might be difficult for dollar bulls to extend gains far beyond the 1.05-area in the EUR/USD. For the time being we expect the currency pair to remain range-bound between 1.0950/85 and 1.0810.
The British pound was accompanied by a slight bearish bias but remained firm above the 1.4875-area. In a next step, the pair will need to break the 1.4860-mark to the downside in order to gain further downward momentum. A reason for the GBP’s recent weakness is the Bank of England’s dovish monetary policy outlook. The BoE signaled the need for tighter policy is less immediate. Moreover, the U.K. Referendum on Britain’s European Union membership, which may take place as early as June, is weighing on the pound. The referendum could damp oversees investment into the U.K.. Consequently, the risk is to the downside. GBP may find a next support at around 1.4810/20. Below 1.4780 lower targets will be at 1.47, 1.4640 and 1.4590.
Today’s focus will be on U.S. data such as Personal Consumption, GDP revisions and Existing Home Sales. If data disappoints to the downside, we could see a slump in the USD.
9:30 UK Public Sector Borrowing
13:30 USA GDP & Personal Consumption
15:00 USA Existing Home Sales
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