The Bank of England delivered a hawkish twist at yesterday’s BoE meeting and the British pound responded with a short squeeze towards 1.3270. The MPC voted 6-3 to hold rates steady, but the fact that there were three dissents voting in favor of an immediate rate hike leaves room for speculation about a rate increase in August. Thus, odds for a rate hike at the next BoE decision in August have increased to 45 percent from 33 percent, which in turn pushed the pound sterling towards higher price levels.
Following yesterday’s short squeeze, we may now see some consolidated movement between 1.33-1.32. If the pound is, however, able to overtake the 1.33-handle we expect a higher resistance at 1.34. Traders should generally expect more strength in the pound as we approach the BoE August meeting.
As for the U.S. dollar, the last trading session was dominated by intense selling pressure with prices rebounding off an 11-month high. We will keep tabs on the technical picture but will also take into account volatile fundamental themes such as escalating trade tensions between the US and China which are continuing to roil the markets in the near-term.
The euro benefited from the selling pressure in the greenback and recovered some losses after sellers got shy as the euro approached the 1.15-boundary.
Technically speaking, we still see the EUR/USD confined to a sideways trading range between 1.17 – 1.15. As long as this range holds, the outlook remains neutral. For the bias to slightly shift in favor of the bulls, we would need to see a sustained break above 1.1730 with higher resistances coming in at 1.1850 and 1.19.
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