U.S. Dollar Sells-Off On Trade-War Concerns

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Tuesday’s price action was characterized by ongoing U.S. dollar weakness. Both EUR/USD and GBP/USD traded upwards as traders saw little reason to push the USD higher with the trade-war-theme still overshadowing the markets. Even though U.S. politicians have attempted to soften President Trumps ‘trade war rhetoric’, global concerns about a trade-war intensified. White House economic adviser Gary Cohn resigned as the U.S. administration prepares to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum, which Cohn had opposed.

The dollar sold-off and pushed other major currencies higher in return. Whether the euro and pound could onto their high levels remains to be seen as event risks loom with the ECB meeting and Brexit talks posing a threat.

EUR/USD: The euro broke above 1.2370 and headed towards 1.2430 on the back of a weakening dollar. We now expect a next hurdle to come in at around 1.2450 but advise traders to keep taps on the overbought situation in this pair.

GBP/USD: The pound traded with a tailwind and climbed above 1.39. For bullish momentum to continue the cable would need to stabilize above 1.3850. If the pound remains above 1.3860 we expect a potential test of the 1.40-resistance zone.

From the U.S. we have the ADP Employment Change due for release at 13:15 UTC which could provide a foretaste of what to expect from Friday’s NFP report.

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