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BoE Decision: Is August Rate Hike Still In The Cards?

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The British pound ended the trading day little changed against the U.S. dollar after compromise has been reached between the U.K. government and Parliament on the progress of the EU Brexit bill. The pound’s rise to a high of 1.3217 proved short-lived and traders now wonder whether the 1.3140-level could give way to further bearish momentum. A lower target could be at 1.3080.

Today, all eyes will turn to the Bank of England rate decision at 11:00 UTC but there aren’t any actual expectations for a move at this meeting. The big question is rather whether the BoE begins to lay the groundwork for a possible rate hike in August. This is, however, not the most likely scenario.

After that rate decision, BoE Governor Mark Carney is due for his annual Mansion House speech and this may actually turn out to be a more proactive driver for the pound. Carney’s speech will be widely-watched for clues or hints around his expectations for the UK economy.

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GBP/USD: Preparing For Potential Short Squeeze Scenario

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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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Pound Slumps On Disappointing Inflation Data

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The biggest story in the Forex market on Wednesday was the sharp drop of the British pound. The pound extended its losses towards 1.4170 following the release of disappointing U.K. inflation data. Inflation fell to 2.5 percent, the lowest level in a year and investors fear that the lower reading could encourage Bank of England policy makers to postpone an imminent rate hike in May. Consequently, expectations for a rate hike next month dropped to a 65 percent probability, down from 87 percent.

GBP/USD

From a technical perspective, we saw the pound rushing through a previous support-area between 1.4250 and 1.4220 which turned into a current resistance now. A lower support now comes in at around 1.4145. However, traders should bear in mind that the overall uptrend is still intact and with the next BoE meeting (and a potential rate hike) still three weeks away, buyers may take the opportunity to buy pounds at lower levels.

We will keep tabs on a price range between 1.4250 and 1.4140 now. If the pound breaks out of that range we might see momentum accelerating to the respective direction. A lower support is seen at 1.4090, whereas for the bullish bias to resume it would need a renewed break above 1.4315.

The U.K. Retail Sales report is due for release today at 8:30 UTC.

In contrast to the high volatility in the GBP/USD, we have seen a lackluster price development in the EUR/USD. The pair is still range-bound and this long period of range (three months already) has discouraged many traders from trading the EUR/USD. However, there have been some profitable trading opportunities but larger swings tend to be rare at the moment.

We are still looking for an upside break of the 1.24-barrier and if that breakout happens our patience could pay off. Based on the recent uptrend channel we expect a higher bullish target to come in at around 1.2470. Bears in the EUR/USD should, however, wait for a significant break below 1.23.

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High Volatility Led To Unsteady Currency Movements

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The Bank of England surprised investors with a hawkish twist yesterday and warned that rate hikes may be faster and larger than originally anticipated. This hawkish tone caught the market by surprise and led to high volatility and a short squeeze in GBP/USD. While sterling bulls were able to benefit from the rapid surge to a high of 1.4067, the upward move turned out to be only short-lived and traders had to be quick to take the profit.

To sum it up, the BoE lifted its forecasts for economic growth and said interest rates may need to rise at a steeper pace than previously thought. BoE policymakers now see three rate hikes over the course of three years while the market is now pricing in a 70 percent chance of a rate increase in May, up from nearly 50 percent yesterday.

While the BoE’s hawkishness should pave the way for further gains in the pound, it were high volatility and ongoing Brexit uncertainty that prevented the currency from rising further against the U.S. dollar.

We were able to book a good profit yesterday by trading our daily long signal.

The euro ended the day unchanged against the greenback after it dropped to a low of 1.2212. For euro bears, however, the downward move has proved insufficient to provide a sustained profit. Prices in the EUR/USD narrowed, suggesting that we may see some upcoming breakout of that tight range. If the euro climbs above 1.2265 we may get another test and potential break of 1.2295. A higher target could then be at 1.2330. If the euro, however, falls below 1.2240 it could further decline towards 1.22. A lower target could then be at 1.2150.

There are no major economic reports scheduled for release today. U.K. Manufacturing Production is the only second-tier report scheduled for release at 9:30 UTC.

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BoE Super Thursday To Provide Trading Opportunity For Sterling Traders

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It’s Super Thursday at the Bank of England, which means we get a rate decision along with the Quarterly Inflation Report and comments from BoE Governor Mark Carney. Today’s meeting is the most important event this week and sterling traders prepare for volatile swings around the monetary policy announcement. The big question among market participants is how hawkish the BoE might be towards the end of this year. The market is fully pricing in a rate increase at the BoE’s Super Thursday in November while market participants see a 50/50 chance of an earlier rate hike in May. If evidence points to a rate rise in May, the pound will rally and may find its way back to 1.42. However, if the tone in today’s statement is not as hawkish as traders are hoping, the pound will fall.

The focus will also be on the inflation report and if economic growth and inflation forecasts are revised higher, GBP/USD could recover some of its recent losses.

There is also the possibility of a muted response following today’s statement. Brexit risks continue to cause uncertainty about the outlook and if those risks have not changed substantially, the market’s reaction to the statement could be muted.

We will know more today at 12:00 UTC.

GBP/USD: The cable found some support around 1.3850 and if this barrier is breached to the downside we expect further losses towards 1.3750. For bullish momentum to accelerate, it would however need a sustained break above 1.40.

EUR/USD: The euro broke out of its recent sideways trend channel and fell towards 1.2240. The break below 1.23 came despite Angela Merkel’s deal with the SPD to form a great coalition in Germany. Technically speaking, the chances are now in favor of further downside potential driving the pair towards 1.2220 and 1.2170. If the euro rises back above 1.2350, bulls may take over control.

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Profitable Trading Day For Sterling Bulls

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The euro came under pressure Wednesday after ECB officials addressed the pace of the euro’s rise, which is only natural after the single currency’s rapid appreciation. Governing Council member Ewald Nowotny argued that the appreciation in the single currency ‘is not helping’ the ECB in terms of price stability. The euro dropped below 1.22 after rejecting the 1.23-resistance. Ahead of the ECB’s policy meeting next week, we might see more profit-taking and consolidation in the EUR/USD.

The British pound, on the other side, took out the 1.3850-hurdle on hawkish comments from MPC member Michael Saunders. He said that interest rates will likely have to rise faster than the markets are currently anticipating in 2018. His assumption spurred bullish momentum in the GBP/USD, sending the currency pair to a high of 1.3943. However, with a potential BoE rate hike still several months away, the pound was not able to hold onto its high level and corrected some of its gains. For day-traders, it was a very profitable trading day with both of our yesterday’s long entries hitting their final profit targets.

EUR/USD

Most recently, the euro traded with a downward tilt and we will thus focus on a trading range between 1.2250 and 1.21. A break above 1.2260 could spur further bullish momentum whereas a break below 1.21 could lead to further losses.

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Pound Rises As BoE Hints At Rate Hike

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What a trading day for Sterling traders! The pound jumped to 1.34 as the Bank of England hinted at a rate hike “in the coming months”. While the central bank’s Monetary Policy Committee voted 7-2 to keep interest rates on hold, it was talking in much stronger terms about tightening. The pound initially plunged to 1.3150 before jumping to fresh one-year highs. Sterling traders’ efforts paid off and we were able to gain a nice profit of more than 100 pips by trading our yesterday’s long entry.

BoE Governor Carney said that the majority of the MPC see that “the balancing act is beginning to shift” and that “some adjustment of interest rates may be needed in the coming months”. The market is now looking to the November meeting as a possible time for a BoE rate hike. The Bank of England meeting in November is a Super Thursday on which the central bank releases its inflation report, along with the economic outlook and its rate decision. However, there is some doubt about the BoE’s strong rhetoric: If MPC officials have deliberately taken a hawkish tone to support the market’s appetite for sterling in order to slow inflation it may be some time before they are going to raise rates.

We currently see GBP/USD trading around 1.34. Next hurdles will be at 1.3450 and 1.3480 before the focus shifts to a potential bullish breakout beyond 1.35. Looking at larger time frames, a break of the 1.35-level will be crucial for a long-term bullish trend.

The U.S. dollar in contrast benefitted from the U.S. CPI which fueled hopes for a Federal Reserve rate hike in December. Furthermore, the Trump reflation trade came back into focus, providing some relief for the greenback.

U.S. Retail Sales are due for release at 12:30 UTC but today’s report is not expected to help the USD strengthening.

EUR/USD: The support around 1.1830 is still unbroken but this could change in the near-term – provided that the euro remains below 1.1950. We now expect the pair to trade between 1.1950 and 1.18. Any breakouts above or below that range could accelerate the respective momentum.

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Euro And British Pound Flying High

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After the euro’s strong performance from Tuesday, the cable followed with a rise towards 1.30. A reason for the pound’s flight were hawkish rate comments made by Bank of England Governor Carney who said the BoE may need to begin raising interest rates and will debate a move in the next few months. “Some removal of monetary stimulus is likely to become necessary” Carney said on Wednesday in Sintra, Portugal. The pound sharply strengthened in response to his remarks.

Technically, the GBP/USD broke out of its recent downtrend channel and is currently headed towards 1.30. Buyers should pay attention to higher prices above 1.3060 in order to buy pounds towards 1.32. A current support is however seen at 1.28.

Traders who traded the EUR/USD Wednesday had a tumultuous session with the currency pair fluctuating choppily between 1.1390 and 1.1290. Everything from profitable breakouts till loss-making fake-outs was included in yesterday’s trading but at the end of the day, we were able to post a small profit.

Meanwhile, the euro was torn between the market’s (mis)interpretation of Draghi’s recent upbeat remarks, suggesting the beginning of the ECB’s withdrawal from its accommodative policy, and the central bank’s back paddling afterwards. The conflicting ECB signals sent the euro on a roller coaster ride but the follow through of the euro’s latest rally had a greater impact than quelling speculation. Consequently, the euro broke above 1.1390 and tested the 1.1420-level. Given the strong uptrend in the EUR/USD we expect the euro to continue its rally towards 1.15/1.1550. If the pair touches 1.15, sellers may take the opportunity and jump back in. A pullback towards1.13 however, may attract the attention of buyers.

From the Eurozone we have the German Consumer Price scheduled for release at 12:00 UTC, a report which could have an impact on the euro.

The U.S. GDP report due for release at 12:30 UTC will be of interest for dollar traders.

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GBP/USD Ignores Dollar Strength After BoE’s Surprise Divison

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The market digests the Fed’s hawkish policy shift and sends the U.S. dollar higher. The euro declined on the back of a strengthening dollar and thus, EUR/USD headed towards the lower barrier of its recent sideways trend channel. We now expect a next support to come in at 1.11 and 1.1070. Current resistance levels are however seen at 1.12/1.1225.

While the EUR/USD was the best performer for day traders Thursday, the GBP/USD went on a roller coaster ride after the Bank of England’s split came as a surprise for sterling traders. The pound rose against the dollar after a surprise division within the BoE’s monetary policy committee, with three members of the MPC voting for a rate increase. Given this hawkish shift despite the uncertainty that follows last week’s U.K. election, a rate hike may be closer than the market currently expects. The pound rose towards 1.28 in an initial reaction to the MPC statement. A break above 1.2820 may send the pound higher towards 1.2860 while a sustained rally in the GBP/USD might be difficult given the renewed strength in the USD. Sterling bears may however wait for a renewed break below 1.2720 in order to sell pounds towards 1.2650.

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