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Euro And Pound Sell-Off, Focus Now On U.S. GDP Data

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The EUR/USD sold off on the back of a dovish ECB announcement on the one side and a strengthening U.S. dollar on the other side. European Central Bank policy makers agreed to cut monthly bond purchases in half to EUR30 billion in January but extend the bond buys at this pace until September 2018. While this outcome was exactly what the market has anticipated, Draghi said there won’t be a “sudden end to the buying” and the shift shouldn’t even be called tapering. What weakens the euro was the fact that a “large majority” of ECB policy makers favored keeping the bond buying program open-ended so they can adjust it at any time in case inflation stays sluggish. With regard to future interest rate hikes, Draghi said that rates will remain “at the present levels for an extended period of time, and well past the horizon of our net asset purchases”.

In short, the ECB’s decision can be described as slightly more dovish than euro bulls may have hoped for.

As regards the U.S. dollar, prospects for the U.S. tax reform spurred the dollar rally. The U.S. House passed a budget resolution unlocking a process to cut taxes by the end of the year. The greenback experienced broad-based gains versus other major currencies but the focus now shifts to the third-quarter GDP reading, scheduled for release today at 12:30 UTC. Even though economists are looking for slower growth of 2.6 percent, dollar bulls may take this opportunity to jump back in on pullbacks. Traders should prepare for heightened volatility around the GDP release.

EUR/USD: The euro cleared its crucial support at 1.17 and even 1.1650. After breaking below theses support levels, the case has built up for the bears and we now expect the euro to tumble towards 1.1550 but maybe not straight-lined. Former support levels could now turn into resistances with pullbacks may be limited until 1.17/1.1730.

GBP/USD

Only yesterday we have talked about the pound’s bullish break above 1.3230 which seemed to indicate further gains towards 1.33 but the opposite happened: The pound fell in tandem with the euro and headed for another test of 1.3110. If the 1.31-support breaks the previous bull breakout above 1.3230 turns out be a fake-out. In case the cable falls below 1.3085 we anticipate further losses towards 1.3030 and 1.2950.

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GBP/USD Trends Lower But Prepare For Pullbacks

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U.S. President Donald Trump’s tax-plan announcement had little impact on the market as it foreshadows an uphill battle in U.S. Congress. While Trump said the tax-cut plan was aimed at helping working people and making the tax code fairer, there is concern about the budget deficit. The plan contained only few details on how to pay for the tax cuts without expanding the budget deficit and adding to the nation’s amount of debt. The plan must be turned into legislation and investors are still skeptical that Congress could approve a tax bill in the near future.

The U.S. dollar slightly extended its climb against the euro and British pound as market participants raised their expectations for one more Federal Reserve rate hike this year. The priced-in probability of a December rate hike is now 70 percent.

Traders should keep an eye on the U.S. GDP figures, due for release at 12:30 UTC. In case of a surprise we will see more volatile fluctuations in the USD crosses.

GBP/USD

The British pound extended its slide and fell below 1.3380. However, the dip below that support level was not sufficient to increase bearish momentum and we now expect the pair to find some support around 1.3350. Looking at the 4-hour chart we see the Relative Strength Index (RSI) approaching oversold territory. This situation may encourage buyers to take long positions above 1.3340. If the pound climbs back above 1.3430 we could see a run for 1.35.

Traders await a speech of Bank of England Governor Mark Carney at the BoE Independence conference at 8:15 UTC. If Carney raises rate hike expectations the pound could quickly recover from its lows.

The euro continued its short-term downtrend and fell towards 1.17. As stated in yesterday’s analysis we expect a stronger support coming in between 1.1710 and 1.1680. Buyers of the EUR/USD should now wait for prices above 1.1825 in order to buy euros towards 1.19.

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Can Euro And Pound Hold Onto Their High Levels?

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The U.S. dollar fell to its lowest level since November as investors assessed the U.S. administration’s ability to push through promised tax cuts and infrastructure spending. That, in turn, raises doubts as to whether the Federal Reserve can raise interest rates as aggressively as had been priced in. Fed chair Janet Yellen will speak today at 16:50 UTC and dollar bulls fear that fiscal uncertainty may discourage Fed officials from taking an aggressive stance towards higher rates. In case Yellen’s tone is more cautious, the dollar could tend to fall.

Apart from Yellen’s speech, U.S. Advance Goods Trade Balance (12:30 UTC) and Consumer Confidence (14:00 UTC) are scheduled for release.

The euro broke above 1.0870 and extended its gains to a high of 1.0906. In case of a renewed break above 1.0875 we expect further bullish momentum, sending the euro higher towards 1.0920/50. A current support is however seen at around 1.0820.

The pound sterling marked a fresh high at 1.2615 while sterling traders have shrugged off tomorrow’s Brexit trigger. On Wednesday, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May will formally trigger the start of two years Brexit negotiations and while this event poses a risk to the currency the British pound remained stable around 1.2550. Nonetheless, we expect the upward movement to be limited to 1.2650 in short-term time frames. The pound may tend to test that resistance area before we will see any major pullback.

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