EUR/USD And GBP/USD (Still) Favor Downtrend

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The pound fell after yesterday’s Bank of England testimony from Governor Mark Carney was less hawkish than hoped. While Carney sticks with his view that policy adjustments would likely be made in the coming months he said the central bank is making contingency plans for a “hard” Brexit. Despite the U.K. inflation print of 3 percent that is likely to force the BoE to hike rates in the near-term the pound is very sensitive to Brexit headlines. In the absence of progress, the pound remains vulnerable to losses but if negotiations between the UK and EU are proceeding constructively, the pound could gain some ground.

The U.K. Labor Market Report is scheduled for release at 8:30 UTC and could have an impact on the pound’s price action.

The euro depreciated against the U.S. dollar but found some halt at 1.1735.

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi is scheduled to speak at 8:10 UTC at the “Structural Reforms in the Euro Area” conference in Frankfurt. If he touches on monetary policy the euro could respond with volatile swings.

As for the greenback, there are no major driving forces at the moment. The priced-in probability of a Federal Reserve December rate hike increased to 80.2 percent while the focus will be on President Donald Trump’s choice for the next Fed chair, which will be unveiled before November 3. If Yellen stays in her post, it could be dollar-positive. If, however, Powell takes over the office from Yellen the dollar could fall since he favors gradual rate hikes.

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