The U.S. dollar slightly advanced versus the euro after the ADP report came in better than expected. Unlike the euro, the British pound lacked direction before the Bank of England’s rate decision and fluctuated within a sideways range of 100 pips.
Today, there is only one subject in the market: The Bank of England rate decision and Inflation Report, scheduled to be released at 11:00 UTC. Our focus therefore shifts to the GBP/USD as we prepare for volatile swings. While a 25bp rate cut is widely expected, the price action will depend on how aggressive BoE policymakers will support their dovish stance. If they signal further easing in the near-term, the pound could quickly fall towards 1.32 and even lower. On the other hand, if the central bank is in no hurry to introduce further easing except the anticipated 25bp rate cut, investors could be disappointed and give up on their short positions. The pound could surge as a result of a less dovish BoE.
However, as stated in yesterday’s analysis the 1.3420 level could act as a crucial resistance for the pound. Hence, gains could be limited until 1.3425 and 1.3480. Only a significant break above 1.35 would change the bias in favor of the bulls. On the bottom side, we will focus on the 1.32-level. In case sterling drops below 1.3170 we see chances of an extended downward move towards 1.3030.
Given the fact that today’s focus is on the pound sterling, we do not expect larger fluctuations in the EUR/USD. The euro could trade sideways between 1.12 and 1.11. We recommend traders not investing too much today and take profits at smaller targets if there are any.
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