Trading was relatively quiet on Monday with the EUR/USD trading within a narrow 40-pip range. The picture was different in the GBP/USD, which started the week with volatile swings ranging from a daily high of 1.3312 to a low of 1.3225. As mentioned in our analysis from Monday, the pound sterling is currently torn between rising inflation and thus, higher interest rates on the one side and Brexit uncertainty on the other side. Yesterday, the pound came under selling pressure on speculation that Brexit talks could break down, unless the European Union gives ground at a summit of EU leaders later this week. A person familiar with the matter said the entire Brexit process will be in danger of collapse as long as negotiations are failing to make progress. The pound fell to a low of 1.3225 on the concerns about the lack of progress.
The focus will now shift to the U.K. Consumer Price Report, due at 8:30 UTC followed by BoE Governor Carney’s appearance before congress at 10:15 UTC. We expect the GBP/USD to remain vulnerable to volatile swings while we currently see the chances in favor of further bearish movement towards 1.30. If the cable breaks above 1.33 again, it may head for a test of 1.34 but the upward movement could be limited as Brexit concerns continue to weigh on the currency.
From the Eurozone we have the Consumer Price Report and ZEW Survey scheduled for release at 9:00 UTC. These reports may have a short-lived impact on the euro.
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