Rate-Rise Expectations Unchanged After Disappointing Payrolls

Dear Traders,

Market participants were left relatively unimpressed by Friday’s weaker-than-expected U.S. jobs report, which showed the smallest jobs gain in seven months. Although earnings growth came in with an uptick it was not enough to change investors’ expectations of gradual monetary policy tightening. The market’s rate-rise expectations therefore remained unchanged and traders see an even chance of a Fed rate hike this year and only an eight perecent probability of a June hike.

As expected, the euro’s price action remained confined within a narrow trading range between 1.1480 and 1.1380 on the back of an unspectacular payrolls report. The British pound finally decided to drift lower after touching a high of 1.4546 on Friday. We still expect GBP/USD to test the 1.4330/15-level, before we may see a pullback towards 1.4550. A short-term resistance is seen at 1.4465, whereas sterling must now break below 1.44 in order to revive fresh bearish momentum.

This week’s calendar is relatively light in terms of market moving data. Only towards the end of the week we have major important reports scheduled for release. The most important event for sterling traders will be the Quarterly Inflation Report, scheduled for release on Thursday. The Bank of England will publish new forecasts in its inflation report, alongside its interest-rate decision. BoE governor Mark Carney is set to give a press conference on the economic outlook following the release of the inflation report.

The most important piece of economic data from the Eurozone will be GDP reports scheduled for release on Friday. From the U.S., Advance Retail Sales, also due on Friday will be important to watch.

We wish you a good start to the new week and many profitable trades.

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