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Pound Trades Resiliently Amid Brexit Headlines

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We welcome you to a new trading week.

Traders of the GBP/USD have been on a roller-coaster ride Friday with the pound failing to find a clear direction and trading choppily between 1.2963 and 1.2863.

The British pound was resilient to negative Brexit headlines after negotiations over a Brexit deal have stalled with Boris Johnson announcing on Friday that he will focus on preparations to leave the EU’s single market and customs union at the year-end without a trade deal. End of October/ Early November is the last likely moment a deal can be struck and implemented until year-end.

With 15 days to go until the U.S. election, polls show increasing odds of a Democratic sweep and the market thus sees increasing chances of larger economic stimulus. The upcoming election will determine main market moves and if polls suggest a too-close-to-call election volatility will rise quickly.

The final presidential debate before the U.S. election, between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden, will be live from Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday.

 

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British Pound Climbs on Hopes of Brexit Deal

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It has been a rocky trading day Wednesday with the euro and cable finding a short-term support before they managed to recover some lost ground against the U.S. dollar.

The British pound climbed as investors awaited more news on Brexit negotiations. The U.K. and EU consider the end of October or first days of November as real deadline for getting a deal. The U.K. will leave the bloc’s single market and customs union with or without a new trade agreement when the 11-month transition period expires on December 31, but any deal has to be approved by the British and European parliaments before then.

The DAX hasn’t served us well yesterday and neither bullish nor bearish momentum provided any profitable trading chance.

Let’s see what today brings.

 

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The Rise And Fall Of The Pound Amidst Political Turmoil

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The biggest story on Monday was the rise and fall of the British pound which were due to political headlines. After Davis’ resignation, Boris Johnson and Steve Baker followed, who did not support Theresa May’s less aggressive so-called ‘soft Brexit’ approach. This throws the stability of the U.K. government into question. Any signs that Brexit negotiations could be delayed due to political uncertainties, could increase the pressure on the pound.

GBP/USD: The pound rose to a high of 1.3363 before the sharp decline happened that sent sterling back towards a test of 1.32. A significant break below 1.32 could spur bearish momentum towards 1.3150 and 1.31. For bullish momentum to resume we would need to see a sustained break above 1.3320.

The euro reversed shy off 1.18 but found some short-term support at 1.1730. ECB President Mario Draghi reiterated his warning that trade wars pose the greatest risk to growth and stability. From a technical perspective, we will keep tabs on a break below 1.17 as long as the euro proves unable to overcome the 1.18-hurdle.

Today, traders will watch first monthly estimate of the U.K. GDP at 8:30 UTC. From the eurozone we have the ZEW Surveys due at 9:00 UTC.

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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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U.S. Dollar Mixed After FOMC

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The U.S. dollar produced a mixed reaction to the FOMC statement and unfortunately, we were caught on the wrong foot when we tried participating in yesterday’s choppy waters. While the dollar showed some pullback on the initial release of the statement, that rebound proved short-lived with the dollar finishing the trading day cautiously higher against the euro and British pound.

The FOMC announcement didn’t really disappoint dollar bulls with the Fed upgrading its view on inflation, even though not so much on economic growth. The chances of a rate hike next month are at 100 percent while odds for a September and December hike remain unchanged.

Trading the choppy swings yesterday proved unsuccessful for day traders but that’s trading and these days can happen.

The euro faces some event risk today with the Eurozone Consumer Price Index, scheduled for release at 9:00 UTC. If CPI data disappoints we might see a drop towards 1.19 in the EUR/USD. Euro bulls, however, should watch out for price breaks above 1.2030.

The British pound dropped to a low of 1.3554 in the aftermath of the FOMC. If the GBP/USD remains below 1.3620 we expect the cable to extend its losses versus the greenback.

From the U.S. we have the ISM Non-Manufacturing Index scheduled for release at 14:00 UTC today.

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GBP/USD: Prepare For Reversals

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U.S. President Donald Trump accused China and Russia of devaluing their currencies with the consequence that investors refrained from buying dollars amid concerns about the U.S. policy. The dollar further weakened against the euro and pound.

The British pound was the best performing currency on Monday and rose to a high of 1.4344. While buyers in the GBP/USD were recently able to gain a good profit by the cable’s upward move, we now prepare for pullbacks that could send the pound back towards a test of the 1.4250/70-support. Bear in mind that the pair is in overbought territory, a situation that makes upcoming corrections more likely.

Today we will watch the U.K. employment report at 8:30 UTC which could have an impact on the pound.

The EUR/USD was accompanied by an upward tilt but the euro still refrained from taking out the 1.24-barrier. As mentioned in yesterday’s analysis, we expect a higher resistance-zone to come in at 1.2430-50 but for now, a break above 1.24 must be done first. If the euro, however, formats a double-top below 1.24, bearish momentum may gather steam, driving the euro back towards 1.2350 and possibly even 1.23.

The German and Eurozone ZEW Surveys are scheduled for release at 9:00 UTC, but the impact on the euro could be short-lived.

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Will Payrolls Lead To Further Losses In EUR/USD And GBP/USD?

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The ECB’s policy decision came as a surprise for many market participants as policymakers decided to change their guidance by dropping a pledge to increase QE if needed. This tiny step to policy normalization shows confidence in the durability of euro-area growth. The euro initially rose on that hawkish bias but it was ECB President Draghi’s comments at the press conference that send the euro tumbling.

For euro bulls it should have been no surprise that the euro sharply reversed after another test of 1.2450 failed to provide a breakout. Rather, bearish momentum accelerated after the euro dropped below 1.2380 for a second time with the focus now turning to the 1.2280-support level.

The reason for the euro’s decline was that Mario Draghi gave a rather dovish speech saying that he sees interest rates at their present levels well beyond the end of QE. This dovish tone was all traders needed to sell euros toward lower levels.

The British pound was hurt by news from U.K. officials saying that they see “no Brexit deal until next year”. The pound fell toward a low of 1.3780 and currently struggles to hold above 1.38. If it falls below 1.3750 we will focus on lower targets at 1.3710 and 1.3610. A current resistance is however seen at 1.3890.

From the U.K. we have Manufacturing Production figures scheduled for release at 9:30 UTC but this report should take a backseat to the U.S. Nonfarm-payrolls report due at 13:30 UTC, which will receive more attention.

Heading into today’s NFP release, current expectations for the data are modest, with the unemployment rate expected to drop to 4.0 percent and the headline jobs figure to come in at 205K. The focus will also be on average hourly earnings.

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Upbeat Brexit News Pushed Pound Higher

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Monday’s best performer was the British pound which received a boost from U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May who announced that they are close to an agreement on a Brexit transition. The upbeat news pushed the pound to a high of 1.3877 against the dollar. We now expect the pound to test the 1.39-level before potential pullbacks occur. As long as GBP/USD trades above 1.38, chances are in favor of the bulls.

Unlike the cable, there was little movement in the EUR/USD with the euro trading resiliently above 1.23. The Italian election did not result in a clear majority but market participants took a hung parliament as a more favorable outcome than having the Eurosceptic Five Star Movement hold a majority. We still wait for a clear break above 1.2370, and furthermore, a sustained break of 1.24 in order to anticipate further bullish momentum.

There are no major economic reports scheduled for release today, so the price action will hinge on investors’ risk appetite for euros and pounds.

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GBP/USD: Prepare For Higher Volatility Around May Speech

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Thursday has been a challenging trading day for traders of the EUR/USD and GBP/USD as the U.S. dollar suddenly u-turned after U.S. President Donald Trump promised to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. The dollar significantly depreciated against the euro after the EU said that it will “react firmly to Trump’s tariffs”. Trump’s announcement has brought to the fore the next escalation in trade wars which could be a permanent downgrade for the greenback. Hawkish rhetoric from New York President Dudley took a backseat to fears of a trade war.

Neither major currency pair provided a sustained profit yesterday while we had to struggle with false breakouts and choppy swings. However, we hope for more profitable trading conditions today while the focus will be on the British pound.

GBP/USD

The pound tumbled after U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May rejected the EU’s Brexit draft Wednesday and now the market is waiting for more clarity on the U.K.’s demands of late. Theresa May is delivering the sixth and final “Road to Brexit” speech today, detailing the Government’s plans for the U.K. outside the EU. The time for May’s speech has yet to be scheduled.

We expect higher volatility in the GBP/USD but advise caution as the pound is known for its exaggerated volatile swings.

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Will The Pound Receive A Boost From U.K. GDP Data?

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The U.S. dollar appreciated against its major counterparts in the aftermath of the Fed’s minutes. The tone of the FOMC minutes was passively hawkish while the transcript showed increasing confidence that economic growth will pick up steam despite inflation concerns.  Market participants are now pricing in the possibility of a tighter Fed rate hike path with a current 90 percent chance of a next rate hike in March and a 60 percent chance of three rate hikes through the year. The possibility of even four rate hikes in 2018 is currently over 20 percent. After initial teething problems, the dollar was finally able to end the trading day in positive territory against the euro and pound.

The British pound was volatile as expected but again failed to overcome the 1.40-barrier. Technically speaking, however, we got the price breakouts we were looking for and given the fact that 1.40 remained unbroken we got a dip towards 1.39. A next lower target could now be at around 1.3850/30.

Today we have the U.K. GDP scheduled for release at 9:30 UTC and this report could possibly provide a boost to the weakening pound.

EUR/USD: The euro traded with a downward tilt on the back of a strengthening dollar but from a technical perspective, we still see this pair confined to a sideways trading range between 1.2550 and 1.22. Only if the euro breaks significantly below 1.22 the short-term outlook will shift in favor of the bears.

The next top event risk is the minutes from the European Central Bank’s January meeting which are due at 12:30 UTC. However, unlike the January release, which covered the December meeting which had a new set of Staff Economic Projections revealed, the coming minutes will have much less hard information to discuss. Thus, it could be a non-event for euro traders.

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