And in the end, there was nothing to gain for traders on Thursday amid relatively lower readings of volatility in the market. While we had hoped for larger market movements, the ECB statement failed to trigger a major market response, dashing traders’ hopes for larger profits.
The statement was slightly more dovish than expected with the ECB coming up with a pledge to step up the pace of their PEPP bond purchases over the next quarter to keep rising yields from derailing the region’s economic recovery. As for inflation, President Christine Lagarde added that while inflation could hit 2 percent by the end of the year, the ECB will look through this.
The DAX briefly jumped to the upper bound of its recent consolidation range between 14600 and 14500 but no crucial price breakout followed.
The EUR/USD broke above 1.1960 but came under pressure following the ECB’s decision to step up the pace of its PEPP purchases. At the end of the day however, euro bulls cheered the slight upgrade in the near-term growth expectations with ECB officials agreeing that risks to the outlook have become more balanced. Bullish momentum was however not enough to push the pair above 1.1990 in the aftermath of the ECB decision day.
However, today is a new trading with new opportunities and next week we will have the Federal Reserve meeting with an update of its economic projections. So, we might get some interesting trading chances in the coming days.
We wish everyone good trades and a peaceful weekend!
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