There was no love for the U.S. dollar on Valentine’s day, so the greenback ended up losing ground against the euro and pound despite better-than-expected U.S. inflation data. As expected, the U.S. CPI report had a major impact on the dollar, driving it sharply higher right after the report came out above expectations. The dollar rally did not last long, however, as stocks began to trade higher and that better atmosphere resulted in a sell-off of the dollar.
In general, even if yesterday’s CPI did beat estimates, the inflation data seems unlikely to change the pace of Fed tightening. Therefore, we may see continued dollar weakness in medium-term time frames.
Both EUR/USD and GBP/USD launched sharp recoveries after marking fresh supports.
EUR/USD: The euro dropped to a low of 1.2275 before bears were handing over control to the bulls. That shift in sentiment has sent the euro sharply higher and we now see the single currency trading around 1.2480 following yesterday’s 2-percent-surge. For traders it will now be interesting whether the euro is able to take out the next hurdle at 1.2485 before it faces the resistance zone between 1.2515- 1.2540. A break of these barriers might be possible but given the absence of fresh catalysts bullish momentum might be running out of steam. A current support is still seen at 1.23.
GBP/USD: The pound broke above 1.40 after finding support at the round number of 1.38. For bullish momentum to accelerate the pound will need to break above 1.4070. A higher target could then be at 1.4150. As long as 1.38 holds, chances are in favor of the bulls.
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