The recent decline in the British pound came to a temporary halt after a short dip below the 1.50-level. As we noted in yesterday’s analysis, the 1.50-level will be important to watch this week and as long as this support remains intact, sterling bulls may push GBP for a test of 1.5130/50.
The EUR/USD appears to be in a waiting mode ahead of the ECB policy decision and there was only little consistency in the euro’s performance yesterday. The 1.06-mark acts as a current resistance for the currency pair. With a break above 1.0620, the focus will turn to higher targets at 1.0640 and 1.0660. Nevertheless, the euro is likely to favor a bearish stance going into Thursday’s big event.
What will be important today?
The German employment report is due for release at 8:55 GMT, but the impact on the euro could be limited as the market is focused on the ECB. Sterling traders should pay attention to the speech of BoE Governor Mark Carney, who is due to speak at 9:00 GMT. Despite a healthy growth of the U.K. economy, BoE officials have highlighted concerns about parts of the U.K. financial system. Carney’s comments could therefore have a significant impact on the GBP’s further direction.
The U.S. ISM Manufacturing Index is scheduled for release at 15:00 GMT. Any positive surprises are likely to reinforce dollar buying.
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