There was nothing stopping euro bulls from pushing the euro beyond 1.20 despite the absence of changes in the ECB’s monetary policy. The euro owes its recent appreciation in large part to the further improved outlook for economic growth in the Eurozone. The European Central Bank upgraded its forecast for growth this year to 2.2 percent, which is the fastest pace in a decade. While the ECB refrained from reducing asset purchases this time, Mario Draghi did suggest that decision on the quantitative easing program (QE) could be made next month. The strength of the EU economy has prompted the market to discount a policy shift, which is most obvious in the strong uptrend of the EUR/USD. While the currency pair has already charged remarkably high, the level of intervention rhetoric from the ECB was too mild to prevent euro bulls from pushing the single currency higher. Moreover, when coming to the currency’s sharp appreciation, Draghi didn’t seem overly concerned.
In other words, there was nothing in the way of further euro strength since the ECB will start tapering and if not today, then certainly next time.
Furthermore, the U.S. dollar continues its downtrend. Market participants are concerned that the impact from Hurricane Harvey and now Irma are causing data distortions, and thus, undermine the chances of a year-end Federal Reserve rate hike.
We got what we have been looking for: A breakout of the euro’s narrow trading range. Our yesterday’s long entry has proven to be sustainably profitable. We now focus on a next target at 1.2135, from where we may see some pullback. On the downside, we expect the 1.20-area to lend a support for the time being. However, bear in mind that the pair approaches overbought territory, a fact that increases the chances of a reversal.
GBP/USD: The pound sterling headed for 1.3150 on the back of broad-based dollar weakness. Sterling bulls were able to gain a good profit by using our long entry at 1.3061. Once the cable breaks above 1.3165 we will shift our focus to the August high near 1.3270. Important supports are seen at 1.3050 and 1.30. Traders should keep an eye on the U.K. data (Industrial Production, Trade Balance) at 8:30 UTC.
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