We can say that yesterday was a black day for day traders with both major currency pairs fluctuating directionless sideways, wiping out monthly profits. The worst performer was the cable, which was on a roller coaster after the highest U.K. court ruled the government needs parliamentary vote to trigger the countdown to Brexit. While that decision soften the government’s Brexit plans, it was not enough to push the pound toward higher price levels. In contrast, the pound responded with a slide towards 1.24 due to the fact that Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland did not need to have a say before talks are triggered. This should be some comfort to Prime Minister Theresa May. For traders however, yesterday’s price action proved to be anything but profitable and amidst a high volatile trading environment we had to struggle with false breakouts and choppy price swings.
The GBP/USD still faces a hurdle at 1.2545 and once that barrier is breached on the upside we may see further gains towards 1.2590/1.26. If the pound falls however back below 1.2490 we anticipate further losses towards 1.2415 and possibly even 1.2380.
There are no major important economic reports scheduled for release today. Sterling traders may pay attention to a speech of Bank of England Governor Carney which is scheduled for 16:00 UTC.
The EUR/USD traded sideways between 1.0775 and 1.0720. In an already challenging market environment, characterized by uncertainty and volatility we had a bit of bad luck as our long entry was exactly triggered before the price reversed.
Is the euro formatting a head-shoulders pattern? In short-term time frames we see a higher likelihood of an upcoming bearish breakout provided that the euro falls below 1.0720 while it refrains to trade above the resistance area around 1.0765. Below 1.0720 it may fall towards 1.0680. Above 1.0765 the euro may extend its gains towards 1.0785/1.08.
The German Ifo Index is scheduled for release at 9:00 UTC and could have a short-term impact on the euro.
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