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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