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U.S. Dollar Takes A Breather While Euro And Pound Recover Slightly

Dear Traders,

We got what we have been looking for: A breakout of the cable’s narrow trading range. While an initial attempt to buy sterling above 1.2235 proved unsuccessful, breakout traders were later able to profit from the pound’s sharp drop towards 1.2080. Sterling tumbled before BoE Governor Carney’s testimony to the House of Lords Tuesday but bounced back from its fresh low of 1.2082 as Carney said there were limits to the Monetary Policy Committee’s (MPC) willingness to look beyond an overshoot of their inflation target. In other words, his comments on inflation mean that further easing is unlikely in the near term, highlighting policy makers’ concerns about the risk of stagflation, which arises from the depreciation of the pound.

Carney’s recent comments suggest the MPC will stick to the sidelines at the next ‘super Thursday’ event on November 3.

Technically the pound remains confined to a recent 100-pips trading range between 1.2250 and 1.2150. Above 1.2250 it could head for a test of 1.2320 whereas a break below 1.2130 may drive the GBP/USD to fresh lows around 1.2050.

The EUR/USD however, failed to show larger movements yesterday and remained stuck between 1.09 and 1.0850. It was the second consecutive trading day on which none of our signal entries was triggered. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi defended the ECB’s easy monetary policy but conceded that low interest rates are not ‘costless’ for the eurozone and policy makers “certainly prefer not to have to keep interest rates at such low levels for an excessively long time”. Draghi’s ‘neutral position’ drove the euro higher but gains were capped at 1.09 for the time being. We are still looking for a significant break above 1.09 but any upward movements could be on a shaky footing as a next resistance is seen at 1.0950.

There are no major economic reports scheduled for release today. The only reports come from the U.S. and will be Advance Goods Trade Balance at 12:30 UTC, Services PMI at 13:45 UTC and New Home Sales at 16:00 but none of these reports is expected to have a major impact on the greenback.

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No Clarity On The ECB’s QE Program, Next Decision To Be Made In December

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Mario Draghi refused to provide any clear information on what the ECB plans to do in the coming months, leaving investors suitably disappointed. Neither did he refer to tapering nor to extending the ECB’s QE program. The only takeaway that we got from yesterday’s ECB meeting is to wait and to come back in December and see what the central bank thinks then. Nonetheless, Draghi’s stance could be described as somewhat more “dovish”, noting that there is no “convincing upward trend” in underlying inflation, suggesting that the ECB might announce an extension of its bond buying program, rather than a taper at their policy meeting December 8.

Market participants sent the euro on a roller coaster ride before it ended the trading day significantly lower against the greenback. During the Asian session the euro slightly broke below 1.09 and we now wait for a significant break below 1.0880 in order to sell euros towards the next support level at 1.0820/1.08. Current resistance levels are seen at 1.10 and 1.1050.

There was little consistency in the performance of the British pound yesterday. While the currency remains vulnerable to further losses given the troubled picture of the eventual Brexit negotiations at the EU summit, it remains a sell on rallies. We now focus on a downside break below 1.22 or on the other hand, an upside break above 1.23.

Apart from the EU summit there are no major economic reports scheduled for release today. We recommend not investing your weekly profits today and wish you a wonderful weekend.

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After The ECB Is Before The ECB

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As expected, the European Central Bank kept rates unchanged but it also refrained from making any changes to its asset-purchasing program for now. ECB President Mario Draghi merely reiterated that the ECB has the ‘full mandate’ to redesign QE, leaving the door open for additional stimulus. The market’s reaction to the announcement was thus rather subdued. The euro peaked at a high of 1.1327 but was not able to hold onto its gains. We see a resistance zone between 1.1350 and 1.14 and as long as the euro remains below that zone we maintain a neutral stance in the EUR/USD. If the euro drops below 1.1220 we see a higher likelihood of falling prices towards 1.1150.

The British pound tumbled below 1.33 but ended the day virtually unchanged against the U.S. dollar. In a nutshell, there was not much to be gained for daytraders. U.K. Trade Balance is scheduled for release at 8:30 UTC but we do not expect the report to have a major impact on the pound.

The market still lacks momentum and within that low-volatility environment we advise traders to take profits at smaller targets and secure weekly profits.

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Is Bullish Bias Set To Persist?

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Both major currency pairs experienced a volatile start to the new week and there was something for everyone. While bears initially set the tone, providing short-traders a good profit bulls won out against the bears at the end of the day, sending the euro and British pound higher against the U.S. dollar.

Consequently, the current sentiment appears to be strongly bullish but what is next? Let’s have a look at the technical side.

GBP/USD

Sterling still trades within a tertiary downward channel. After the recent rise the situation appears somewhat overbought so traders should generally expect increased bearish momentum in the near-term. If the pair is able to break significantly above 1.43, we see next resistances at 1.4360 and 1.44. Even if concerns about a potential Brexit have eased somewhat, the latest U.K. economic reports were not really encouraging. We therefore favor a bearish stance and focus on next resistances from where GBP may bounce back.

Chart_GBP_USD_4Hours_snapshot8.3.16

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney is scheduled to testify at Parliament’s Treasury Committee on the economic and financial benefits of EU membership today at 9:15 a.m. GMT. Carney is declined to reveal any details of the possible actions the BoE will be considering in the event of Brexit. A potential EU withdrawal fueled speculation the U.K. could fall into recession and the central bank would have to respond with a rate-cut. Traders should keep an eye on Carney’s testimony as any new insights or details could have a significant impact on the pound.

The Eurozone Gross Domestic Product is scheduled for release at 10:00 GMT but no changes are expected.

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Cable Remains Trading Sideways – Focus On CPI

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The euro dropped below 1.1160 as ECB President Mario Draghi confirmed the central bank’s easing bias. The ECB stands ready to act in the light of recent financial turmoil and would pay close attention to the impact of renewed declines in energy prices as well as the ability of banks to transpose the ECB’s monetary policy. Draghi said “if either of these two factors entail downward risks to price stability, we will not hesitate to act”. His remarks to the European parliament indicate that the central bank could unveil further stimulus at their next ECB meeting in March. The EUR/USD traded lower in response to Draghi’s statement.

Furthermore, the OMT bond buying program returns to the headlines. The Federal Constitutional Court holds again a hearing in a lawsuit against the European Central Bank’s Outright Monetary Transactions program (OMT), a never-used bond buying program announced in 2012. If Germany’s top judges decide that the ECB is overstepping its mandate, they could restrict the central bank’s options.

The Eurozone ZEW Survey is scheduled for release at 10:00 GMT along with German ZEW Index and if figures are even lower than the expectations, the euro could accelerate its decline.

The British pound traded lower on Monday but still remained within its current trading range. U.K. Consumer prices are due for release today at 9:30 GMT and may help to determine a clear direction and increase the momentum. A sustained break below 1.4350 could drive the cable towards 1.4290, whereas a break above 1.4540 may invigorate renewed bullish momentum.

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Euro Benefits As Funding Currency – Sterling Under Pressure

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The euro advanced as it plays an important role as a funding currency at times of market turmoil. Before rallying above 1.12 the common currency was able to gain ground above 1.1085. For the time being, we continue to expect the 1.1070/50-level to act as a current support-zone. On the upper side, next important price levels could be at 1.1260 and 1.1280. While many traders are wondering how high the euro may go, we should bear in mind, that a strong rise in the euro, much to the displeasure of the European Central Bank, brings policymakers on to the scene in order to talk down the currency. We expect verbal intervention by the ECB should the euro rise further.

The cable, however, declined towards its next important support-level at 1.4350. As long as Brexit concerns remain on the table, the currency is likely to remain under pressure. We expect increased bearish momentum as soon as sterling breaks below 1.4330/25. Lower targets could be at 1.4240 and 1.4180. A short-term resistance-zone is seen at 1.4450/65. Above 1.4475, sterling may climbs towards 1.4540.

Today we have second-tier data scheduled for release, which is expected to have only a minor impact on the currencies.

9:30 UK Trade Balance

15:00 USA Wholesale Inventories

(Timezone GMT)

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Roller Coaster Ride In Both EUR/USD And GBP/USD

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Both EUR/USD and GBP/USD experienced a roller coaster ride yesterday and while short-traders initially achieved good profits, some of these gains were lost owing to the strong rebound. In the end, both major currency pairs ended the day more or less unchanged against the U.S. dollar.

The euro slid to a low of 1.0778 on dovish comments from ECB president Mario Draghi. While interest rates were kept unchanged, he readied the market for more stimulus at the next ECB meeting in March and traders got what they have been looking for: A strong hint that the ECB is willing to increase stimulus. Draghi said officials will review their programs in March and there are “no limits” on how far the central bank is willing to deploy additional measures within mandate. He signaled concerns about low commodity prices and their effects on inflation and said that policy makers “have to be vigilant about that”. Further clues on the inflation outlook will be published in the Quarterly Survey of Professional Forecasters, scheduled for release today at 9:00 GMT.

Draghi is scheduled to speak today at 7:45 GMT in Davos.

While a dovish ECB was enough to sent the euro in the short-term lower, it is still not enough to change the overall sentiment immediately. But at least yesterday’s statement will put pressure on the EUR/USD and traders should generally favor the downtrend. Below the important support at 1.08 the euro marked a second support at 1.0775, which needs to be broken in order to revive further bearish momentum towards 1.0730 and 1.0665.

The British pound followed the roller coaster ride and rose from its fresh 1.4079-low to 1.4249. Current resistances could be intact at 1.4250 and 1.4285/1.43, while recent support-areas are seen at 1.4155, 1.4130 and 1.4080/65.

Important U.K. economic data is scheduled for release at 9:30 GMT with the U.K.Retail Sales report. Economists are looking for a weaker report and if they are right, sterling could continue its downtrend.

From the euro zone we have the German Manufacturing and Services PMI, due at 8:30 GMT, which could have a short-lived impact on the euro.

Furthermore, U.S. Manufacturing PMI scheduled for release at 14:45 GMT and Existing Home Sales due at 15:00 could only have a small impact on the dollar.

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Whipsaw Performance In Both Currency Pairs

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While we initially anticipated further trendsetting movements in the GBP/USD on Thursday, traders have been disappointed by the cable’s zigzag moves ranging between 1.4445 and 1.4360. In the face of GBP’s recent depreciation, the currency might have taken a little breather yesterday, which has led to false breakouts and limited movements, making it an overall non-profitable trading day. Bank of England officials kept its monetary policy unchanged and said the outlook for growth and inflation has weakened further. Thus, investors continue to hold a very bearish bias over the medium-term.

The euro, however, started the day with some profitable bullish moves towards 1.0945. That short-term rise can be attributed to speculation that further European Central Bank stimulus may be limited. On the other hand, some ECB policy makers expressed a preference for an even larger rate cut, according to an account of the Dec. 3 policy meeting, published on Thursday. The ECB next meets on January 21 and investors will be looking for new insights into the ECB’s guidance.

The U.S. dollar slightly weakened on cautious comments from Federal Reserve President James Bullard, who sounded more cautious by saying the latest decline in oil prices may delay the return of inflation to the Fed’s target of 2 percent.

All in all, it was none of our favorite trading days as the market failed to provide much consistency in the currencies performances.

Today, traders will have another opportunity to watch out for some strong movements in the U.S. dollar. U.S. Retail Sales are scheduled for release at 13:30 GMT and this report could trigger a strong reaction in the greenback.  Retail Sales are expected to show a decline in December and any surprises could affect the dollar’s performance. Last but not least, Michigan Confidence is due at 15:00 GMT.

Let’s see if we can pocket some profit on the last trading day of this week.

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Euro In A Waiting Mode – Cable Found Support At 1.50

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The recent decline in the British pound came to a temporary halt after a short dip below the 1.50-level. As we noted in yesterday’s analysis, the 1.50-level will be important to watch this week and as long as this support remains intact, sterling bulls may push GBP for a test of 1.5130/50.

The EUR/USD appears to be in a waiting mode ahead of the ECB policy decision and there was only little consistency in the euro’s performance yesterday. The 1.06-mark acts as a current resistance for the currency pair. With a break above 1.0620, the focus will turn to higher targets at 1.0640 and 1.0660. Nevertheless, the euro is likely to favor a bearish stance going into Thursday’s big event.

What will be important today?

The German employment report is due for release at 8:55 GMT, but the impact on the euro could be limited as the market is focused on the ECB. Sterling traders should pay attention to the speech of BoE Governor Mark Carney, who is due to speak at 9:00 GMT. Despite a healthy growth of the U.K. economy, BoE officials have highlighted concerns about parts of the U.K. financial system. Carney’s comments could therefore have a significant impact on the GBP’s further direction.

The U.S. ISM Manufacturing Index is scheduled for release at 15:00 GMT. Any positive surprises are likely to reinforce dollar buying.

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Markets Are Expected To Be Quiet

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The euro fell to the weakest level in seven months on speculations the European Central Bank could be more aggressive in stepping up additional measures to stimulate the economy. While the market expects the ECB to expand stimulus when it meets next week, the central bank may surprise the market with an even more aggressive move. Some analysts expect the ECB to cut the deposit rate by more than the market expects next Thursday. In any case, the EUR/USD is likely to remain under pressure. A next bearish target could be at 1.0555.

The British pound however, failed to show a sustained trend yesterday, trading sideways between 1.5136 and 1.5055. Next important resistances could be at 1.5155 and 1.5180, whereas sterling bears should keep an eye on a break of the 1.5050-level, targeting the 1.5030- and 1.50 level.

GBP/USD – 4 Hour Chart

Chart_GBP_USD_4Hours_snapshot26.11.15

U.S. financial markets are closed today for Thanksgiving, so the trading environment is expected to be very quiet. Nonetheless, we know from others years, that on Thanksgiving Thursday a clear trend has frequently been established. Moreover, the Friday after Thanksgiving tended to show even bigger moves, so it could be worthwhile for investors to remain engaged.

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