We got what we were looking for in the GBP/USD: A breakout of the cable’s narrow trading range even though that breakout has proved not as strong as we had hoped for. Sterling bulls attempted to push the pound above 1.39 but bullish momentum was somewhat muted following the U.K. January inflation print which came in at 3 percent, better than the 2.9 percent forecast ahead of the release. Overall, rising prices and economic fundamentals create conditions for a stronger currency even if Brexit risks are the main concern for investors.
Technically speaking, we now expect the GBP/USD to trade with a slight upward tilt heading towards 1.3970/80. If the pound is able to take out the 1.40-hurdle again, we will focus on higher targets around 1.4160. A current support is seen around 1.3740.
The EUR/USD broke above 1.2340 and is currently heading towards 1.24. If it breaks significantly above 1.2410, we may see another leg up towards 1.2470. As long as 1.23 holds, chances are in favor of the bulls. Euro bears should better wait for prices below 1.2280.
Today’s focus turns to the U.S. inflation figures due at 13:30 UTC. The U.S. Consumer price index probably increased at a moderate pace in January. Investors will pay particular attention to that report, which is why potential surprises in the inflation print could have a significant impact on the dollar.
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