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GBP/USD: Preparing For Potential Short Squeeze Scenario

Dear Traders,

After the absence of a major driver or catalyst in the markets, today is loaded with market-worthy data and thus, traders are bracing for higher volatility in most major currency pairs. Top event risk will be the Bank of England rate decision with the BoE’s Quarterly Inflation Report. While the BoE is unlikely to raise interest rates at this meeting, it is the inflation report and the press conference with BoE Governor Carney that garner most attention.

The Bank of England will announce its rate decision alongside the release of the central bank’s inflation report at 11:00 UTC. The press conference will follow 30 minutes later.

Following the complete U-turn in rate hike expectations out of the BoE, the central bank has little choice but to signal a rate hike in August to maintain the bank’s credibility. The risk is therefore tilted to the upside with a potential short squeeze scenario in the GBP/USD. If the BoE, however, disappoint in terms of rate hike speculation deviating from their hawkish bias, the pound will further fall.

Another, no less important, report will be the April Consumer Inflation Report (CPI) from the U.S., which is due shortly after the BoE’s decision at 12:30 UTC. The Federal Reserve debate over a fourth rate hike in 2018 is still ongoing, which is why inflation figures could affect current rate hike speculation. Thus, a surprise in CPI data could have a major impact on the dollar, paving the way for some profit-taking or maybe an extension of the dollar rally.

Let’s take a look at the technical picture:

GBP/USD

The cable traded consolidated between roughly 1.36 and 1.35. The short-term bias is slightly bullish, with the focus now being on an uptrend channel between 1.3615 and 1.3515.  A break above 1.3810 could open the door for accelerated bullish momentum towards 1.40. On the bottom side, the 1.35-support remains a crucial price barrier. If the pound drops below 1.3480 we may see a drift towards 1.3330.

EUR/USD: The euro still trades around the falling trendline of its recent downtrend channel. As mentioned in yesterday’s analysis, the 1.19-barrier could prove an important hurdle for euro bulls now. A break above 1.1910 may encourage bulls for a test of 1.1950. Today’s price action will, however, hinge on the appetite for USD, which is why we focus on U.S. CPI data.

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British Pound Continues Decline On Carney Comments

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The pound sterling continued its decline on Thursday with the cable dropping below 1.4145 and easily breaking through the 1.4090-support. Whether the pound’s sharp trend reversal will be sustained within the near-term remains to be seen but short traders in the GBP/USD should be rather cautious, at least for now.

Another reason for accelerated bearish momentum in the cable was an interview with Bank of England Governor Mark Carney who downplayed expectations of a rate hike at the BoE’s next meeting in May. He said that one rate hike is likely in 2018 but there are other meetings over the course of this year. However, if the BoE chooses to raise rates next month, despite recent data disappointments, sterling bulls may take over control ahead of the monetary policy decision on May 10.

GBP/USD: A crucial support is now seen at 1.4010/1.40 but with no important economic reports or fundamental events scheduled for release today it is unlikely that the pound is vulnerable to a downside break of that important barrier. A current resistance, on the other hand, is seen between 1.4150-1.4180.

The euro’s second attempt to break above 1.24 ended in failure, which is why the risk remains tilted to the downside. As mentioned in previous analysis, short traders in the EUR/USD should keep tabs on a break of the 1.23-barrier. Lower targets could be at 1.2265 and 1.2230. Euro bulls, on the other hand, should wait for an upside break above 1.2430.

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Hawkish Fed Surprises

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Incredible but true: The U.S. dollar finally ended the trading day unchanged against the euro and British pound after it came under strong selling pressure following the weak U.S. inflation report. Market participants sold dollars ahead of the FOMC decision on speculation the Fed could forgo raising interest rates again this year. Weaker than anticipated inflation figures have led to the assumption the Fed may grow less hawkish but the opposite happened. The Fed statement was overly hawkish with Fed Chair Janet Yellen noting that the Fed continues to see conditions favorable in place for inflation to rise. Policy makers maintained their outlook for one more hike in 2017 and set out some details of the central bank’s plans to reduce its balance sheet. While U.S. economic data came in on the negative side most recently, it is difficult for the market to trust more the Fed’s rhetoric than the current data output. This fact limited the greenback’s strength and led to an almost unchanged picture.

We went long in both currency pairs EUR/USD and GBP/USD ahead of the Fed statement but gains were limited to smaller targets with the upward trend failing to be sustained.

The euro reversed shy of 1.13 and preferred trending around 1.12. As long as there is no sustained breakout either above 1.1285 or below 1.11, the technical picture in the EUR/USD remains unchanged favoring a sideways trend.

The cable took a glimpse above 1.28 but was unable to hold onto this high level. Sterling traders will watch today’s Bank of England policy decision at 11:00 UTC. While the BoE is unlikely to change its policy, attention will be paid to the central bank’s future guidance. A neutral stance might be considered as positive for the pound whereas a dovish stance could increase the pressure on the pound.

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Euro And Pound Steady Ahead Of FOMC Decision

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The British pound stabilized above 1.27 after touching a fresh low at 1.2635 on Friday. It seems that sterling at least temporarily reached bottom after Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party unexpectedly lost the majority in Thursday’s U.K. election. This makes Brexit negotiations with the EU more difficult, leading to new complications in the U.K. The Bank of England will decide on monetary policy on Thursday but BoE policy makers are in no position to alter their course in the near-term. Sterling traders shall pay attention to the U.K. Consumer Price Index, scheduled for release on Tuesday. As long as GBP/USD trades above 1.27, we anticipate some upward movements towards 1.2850 and possibly even 1.2950. A significant decline below 1.27 could however open the door for further losses towards 1.26 and 1.24.

 

The highly anticipated FOMC decision on Wednesday is expected to end with a rate hike. How the U.S. dollar will trade, hinges however on the Fed forecasts for the second half of 2017. If the Federal Reserve calls for three rate hikes this year despite recent disappointing U.S. economic data outcomes, the greenback could strengthen. However, given the low probability the Fed will embark on an aggressive tightening cycle, traders should prepare for a weakening dollar, especially ahead of U.S. inflation data due to be released on Wednesday.

The EUR/USD traded little changed between 1.1215 and 1.1165. Technically, the recent sideways trading range is still unbroken and as long as there is no breakout either above 1.1285 or below 1.11, there is nothing new to report.

From the Eurozone, the most important piece of economic data will be the German ZEW survey scheduled for release on Tuesday morning.

 

With no major market drivers and given the typical seasonal lull in market activity, we do not expect exaggerated currency moves.

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Traders Prepare For Volatile Swings This Week

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We welcome you to a new trading week. Financial markets are dominated by uncertainty surrounding Donald Trump’s administration, prompting large investors to adopt a wait-and-see stance. The U.S. dollar came under further pressure after Trump’s order halting some immigration, causing geopolitical tensions. Risk aversion has therefore led to a recent sideways trend with both major currency pairs trading in relatively narrow trading ranges. This phase of trendless and uncertain markets makes it difficult for day traders to benefit from limited fluctuations and the lack of price breakouts.

This week’s major event risks might bring some new momentum to the markets and trigger profitable breakouts. The economic calendar is very busy in terms of market moving data and traders await high volatility throughout the entire week. The week starts off with the German Consumer Price report, scheduled for release today at 13:00 UTC which could lend a support to the euro. On Tuesday, the Eurozone Consumer Price report will be important to watch while an upbeat report could lead to speculation that the European Central Bank might start to reduce its asset purchases in the near future. With regard to top-tier U.S. economic data, the FOMC rate decision and the Non-Farm Payrolls report (Friday) will take center stage this week. The FOMC committee will deliver an update on its policy stance on Wednesday and while the FOMC statement is expected to be relatively upbeat, the fiscal policy uncertainty may frustrate the greenback’s recovery.

For sterling traders, the most interesting event will be the Bank of England‘s ‘Super Thursday‘ which may shape expectations for the near-term outlook for sterling. The BoE releases its Quarterly Inflation Report alongside its monthly monetary policy decision. If BoE policymakers show greater willingness to drop their dovish tone and gradually move away from their easing cycle, the pound could be vulnerable to further gains, heading for a test of 1.2780/90.

Important data for today:

13:00 EUR German CPI data

13:30 USA PCE Report

15:00 USA Pending Home Sales

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Fed Delivered Hawkish Rate Hike And Boosted Demand For USD

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The Federal Reserve delivered a slightly hawkish rate hike with Fed officials expecting three quarter-point rate increases in 2017, up from the two seen in previous forecasts. The Fed’s projections for growth, unemployment and inflation over the next three years were largely unchanged from September. With regard to fiscal policy the FOMC statement did not include language referring to changes in fiscal policy. When asked about how Trump’s fiscal policy plans influenced the Fed’s forecasts and could affect future decisions, Yellen said it was too early to judge how fiscal policy would affect Fed policy.

All in all, yesterday’s FOMC statement had a positive impact on the U.S. dollar even if the risk of a pullback in the greenback persists.

EUR/USD: After having tested the 1.0470/60-support we may see some corrections before year-end. It might be tempting to sell the pair in case of a break of 1.0460 but traders should be careful as liquidity traditionally dries out before the Christmas holiday season.

Yesterday’s trading has been somewhat challenging especially for traders who have not had a proper risk management during the day. An appropriate risk-management is therefore essential for the long-term success.

GBP/USD: The cable broke below its recent upward trend channel but it was able to hold above 1.25.

Today’ focus shifts to the Bank of England and its monetary policy announcement at 12:00 UTC. We prepare for volatile swings in the GBP/USD and hope for some profitable movements. No changes are expected but it will be the central bank’s rhetoric which should have a major impact on the pound.

From the U.S. we have the Consumer Price report scheduled for release at 13:30 UTC, which could affect the price action in the greenback.

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Traders Prepare For High Volatility Today

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The British pound has recovered some losses after it tested the lower bound of its current downtrend channel. Based on that channel we now see a current resistance at 1.3290 while any bearish moves could be limited until 1.3130. Today will be an interesting trading day for sterling traders as the Bank of England is scheduled to announce its rate decision alongside the release of the MPC meeting minutes.

The BoE is expected to hold its benchmark interest rate steady at today’s meeting but the minutes of officials’ deliberations may offer fresh clues to their thinking on Britain’s post-Brexit economy, particularly on whether another rate cut is still in the cards later this year given that growth appears to be holding up better than expected. Yesterday’s U.K. labour data showed resilience following the Brexit vote while the U.K. unemployment rate stayed steady at an 11-year low.

The BoE rate decision and MPC meeting minutes are scheduled for release at 11:00 UTC and traders should prepare for volatile swings in the GBP/USD. Before the important event, U.K. Retail Sales are due for release at 8:30 UTC.

Apart from the British pound the focus will be on the U.S. dollar today with the U.S. Retail Sales report and Philadelphia Fed Survey scheduled for release at 12:30 UTC. Stronger U.S. data will fuel speculations that the Fed could tighten monetary policy at their FOMC meeting next week.

EUR/USD

The euro finally showed some larger swings yesterday, testing its current resistance zone around 1.1270. In the 4-hour chart we see a symmetrical triangle, which may predict increased momentum after the euro broke above or, respectively, below that pattern. Above 1.1275 we see chances of a rise towards 1.1310, the resistance line of the recent downtrend channel. If the euro breaks above that resistance line we watch out for pullbacks around the 1.1330-level as it could act as a crucial resistance. On the bottom side a break below 1.1220 could send the euro lower towards 1.1170 and 1.1130.

chart_eur_usd_4hours_snapshot15-9-16

From the eurozone we have Consumer Prices scheduled for release at 9:00 UTC but no changes are expected. How the euro will trade today will mainly hinge on the performance of the greenback.

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Sterling Traders Focus On Carney’s Testimony

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The U.S. dollar slumped against the euro and British pound after the U.S. services sector index unexpectedly dropped to a six-year low, bolstering speculation that the Federal Reserve will stand pat on lower interest rates. The ISM non-manufacturing index expanded at its weakest pace in six years and this decline was reason enough for dollar bulls to give up on their dollar long positions, sending the greenback’s counterparts significantly higher in return.

The euro jumped above 1.12 and currently attempts to sustainably overcome the next resistance level at 1.1250. Above 1.1270 it could head for a test of 1.13 and 1.1330. In the case of further dollar weakness we see a next crucial resistance zone around the 1.1360-level. Euro bears should however wait for prices below 1.1220 in order to sell the euro.

The pound sterling extended its gains and rose above 1.34. Whether there is still some more upside room remains to be seen and could hinge on today’s U.K. data and a testimony of Bank of England Governor Carney. The BoE governor will answer to a panel of lawmakers and questions will also center on the August Inflation report, in which officials lowered their growth forecasts by the most ever. The testimony is scheduled for 13:15 UTC today and could have a major impact on the pound as it will be scrutinized for clues about the U.K. outlook and the possibility of a further rate cut by the end of the year.

U.K. Industrial and Manufacturing production figures are scheduled for release at 8:30 UTC.

Last but not least, the Fed releases its Beige Book at 18:00 UTC which could have a minor impact on the dollar.

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Will The BoE Deliver Or Disappoint?

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The U.S. dollar slightly advanced versus the euro after the ADP report came in better than expected. Unlike the euro, the British pound lacked direction before the Bank of England’s rate decision and fluctuated within a sideways range of 100 pips.

Today, there is only one subject in the market: The Bank of England rate decision and Inflation Report, scheduled to be released at 11:00 UTC. Our focus therefore shifts to the GBP/USD as we prepare for volatile swings. While a 25bp rate cut is widely expected, the price action will depend on how aggressive BoE policymakers will support their dovish stance. If they signal further easing in the near-term, the pound could quickly fall towards 1.32 and even lower. On the other hand, if the central bank is in no hurry to introduce further easing except the anticipated 25bp rate cut, investors could be disappointed and give up on their short positions. The pound could surge as a result of a less dovish BoE.

However, as stated in yesterday’s analysis the 1.3420 level could act as a crucial resistance for the pound. Hence, gains could be limited until 1.3425 and 1.3480. Only a significant break above 1.35 would change the bias in favor of the bulls. On the bottom side, we will focus on the 1.32-level. In case sterling drops below 1.3170 we see chances of an extended downward move towards 1.3030.

Given the fact that today’s focus is on the pound sterling, we do not expect larger fluctuations in the EUR/USD. The euro could trade sideways between 1.12 and 1.11. We recommend traders not investing too much today and take profits at smaller targets if there are any.

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Volatile Swings Expected Throughout The Entire Week

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We welcome you to the trading month of August. While markets are usually quieter during this summer month, the first week of August might be different this year as we have big market movers ahead of us. Before the highly anticipated U.S. Nonfarm Payrolls report, due for release on Friday, traders will scrutinize the ISM Manufacturing (Monday) and ISM Non-Manufacturing index (Wednesday). Apart from these market-moving reports, sterling traders prepare for a volatile week as the Bank of England is expected to cut interest rates and add stimulus to stem a potential fallout from Brexit. Analysts predict an aggressive action from the BoE, which could increase the pressure on the British pound. The BoE will announce its rate decision alongside the release of its Quarterly Inflation Report on Thursday. While the overall bias remains bearish for the pound, traders should prepare for volatile swings ahead of “Super-Thursday”. The sentiment only changes from bearish to bullish in case of a sustained break above the resistance area at 1.3485/1.35. On the other side however, if sterling is not able to break below 1.30 in order to reinvigorate fresh bearish momentum, we expect the current sideways trend to continue.

The U.S. dollar weakened against its counterparts after the U.S. GDP expanded at less than half the rate economists had forecast. The weak domestic data led to speculation the Federal Reserve may push back a rate increase to 2017. The focus therefore shifts to the U.S. labor market report this week and it would need an ambiguous strong report to help the dollar.

EUR/USD

The euro rallied towards 1.12 on the back of dollar weakness and broke above a secondary downward channel while it is now facing the higher resistance line of its primary downward channel at around 1.13. Gains might be limited until that level, whereas the 1.11-level could lend a short-term support to the euro.

Chart_EUR_USD_4Hours_snapshot1.8.16

Important economic data for today:

7:55 EUR German Manufacturing PMI

8:30 UK Manufacturing PMI

14:00 USA ISM Manufacturing

(Time zone: UTC)

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