First Fed-move expected in September – Focus now on ECB

Dear Traders,

While sterling bears had to struggle with multiple short-entries, making it a strenuous trading day, euro trader’s efforts paid off. The euro traded lower on stronger U.S. data and hawkish comments from Janet Yellen, providing euro bears many green pips.

Yellen is optimistic and expects U.S. growth to strengthen over the rest of 2015. She said that “every FOMC meeting is a Live meeting”, which means that the Federal Reserve could raise rates at any meeting. She stressed that the pace of policy tightening is more important than the timing of the first rate increase. In other words, a September liftoff is still possible, increasing the demand for U.S. dollar.

Greek parliament approved new austerity measures

229 members of the 300-seat parliament in Athens accepted the agreement with creditors, paving the way for more emergency funds. The focus shifts now to the European Central Bank which must weigh the level of emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) in order to help Greek banks to re-open after more than two weeks.

The ECB will also decide on monetary policy at 11:45 GMT followed by the ECB Press Conference led by Mario Draghi at 12:30 GMT. Before the ECB decision, it should be important to watch the release of Eurozone Consumer Prices at 9:00 GMT. If data fails to meet the market’s expectation, it could lead to a strong reaction in the EUR/USD.

Furthermore, Fed Chair Janet Yellen delivers her testimony at 14:00 GMT along with the release of the Philadelphia Fed survey.

Today is our last trading day before our summer holiday break.We will leave for summer holiday from tomorrow until 31/07/2015 and will resume the signal service on August 3rd.

Until then we wish you successful trading and enjoyable summer days.

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