After the euro’s strong performance from Tuesday, the cable followed with a rise towards 1.30. A reason for the pound’s flight were hawkish rate comments made by Bank of England Governor Carney who said the BoE may need to begin raising interest rates and will debate a move in the next few months. “Some removal of monetary stimulus is likely to become necessary” Carney said on Wednesday in Sintra, Portugal. The pound sharply strengthened in response to his remarks.
Technically, the GBP/USD broke out of its recent downtrend channel and is currently headed towards 1.30. Buyers should pay attention to higher prices above 1.3060 in order to buy pounds towards 1.32. A current support is however seen at 1.28.
Traders who traded the EUR/USD Wednesday had a tumultuous session with the currency pair fluctuating choppily between 1.1390 and 1.1290. Everything from profitable breakouts till loss-making fake-outs was included in yesterday’s trading but at the end of the day, we were able to post a small profit.
Meanwhile, the euro was torn between the market’s (mis)interpretation of Draghi’s recent upbeat remarks, suggesting the beginning of the ECB’s withdrawal from its accommodative policy, and the central bank’s back paddling afterwards. The conflicting ECB signals sent the euro on a roller coaster ride but the follow through of the euro’s latest rally had a greater impact than quelling speculation. Consequently, the euro broke above 1.1390 and tested the 1.1420-level. Given the strong uptrend in the EUR/USD we expect the euro to continue its rally towards 1.15/1.1550. If the pair touches 1.15, sellers may take the opportunity and jump back in. A pullback towards1.13 however, may attract the attention of buyers.
From the Eurozone we have the German Consumer Price scheduled for release at 12:00 UTC, a report which could have an impact on the euro.
The U.S. GDP report due for release at 12:30 UTC will be of interest for dollar traders.
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