What a trading day! The U.S. dollar extended its slide against other major currencies on the back of protectionism while the pound’s rally intensified the uptrend in GBP/USD.
Moreover, comments from U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin steepened the dollar’s dive. He said that” obviously a weaker dollar is good for us as it relates to trade and opportunities”, a departure from America’s traditional strong dollar policy.
Our yesterday’s long entry in the GBP/USD has proved highly profitable even though we have been on the lookout for corrections. Despite the cable’s strong uptrend which could persist over the medium-term, we may see some pullback tomorrow when both U.K. and U.S. GDP reports are due for release.
The pair jumped to the highest level since June 23, 2016 – the day of the Brexit referendum. The reasons for the strong rally lie not only in the weakening dollar but also in good U.K. data and the progress in Brexit talks. On a weekly basis we got a bullish breakout suggesting that there could be accelerated bullish momentum on the way towards 1.46 – the next crucial resistance zone. As long as the pound remains above 1.40, the overall outlook remains constructive.
While the biggest story was the pound’s strong rise, the performance of the euro was not bad either. The euro broke above 1.2350 and headed towards 1.2450 ahead of the ECB meeting. Whether the euro can hold onto its high levels or can even extend its rally, will hinge on the rhetoric of Mr. Draghi at the ECB press conference at 13:30 UTC.
If ECB President Mario Draghi joins the chorus of policymakers speaking against the euro’s strength, the euro could quickly give up some of its gains. However, the devil is in the details and if Draghi fails to convince the market of the ECB’s concerns about the currency’s strength, the euro could further rise.
We prepare for higher volatility today and expect larger market swings. On the topside, we will now focus on the 1.2460-barrier, which could act as a short-term resistance. For bearish momentum to accelerate, it would need a break below 1.23 and further 1.22. As long as the euro remains above 1.23 chances are in favor of the bulls.
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