Choppy fluctuations in the GBP/USD Thursday left much to be desired for traders. Any upward movements were oriented towards the rising trend-line, limiting further gains in the currency pair. The short-lived downward move during the release of the Bank of England’s inflation report also failed to show sustained momentum. In the light of the latest inflation forecast the outlook has become cloudy, at least until 2018. The Bank of England cut its inflation forecast once again, while the Monetary Policy Committee voted 9-0 to keep rates on hold. The MPC reflected the possibility of greater persistence of low inflation in the near-term, while the forecast shows inflation will rise in two years.
In a nutshell, the bearish bias is likely to continue into the second half of 2016 before a trend reversal.
The euro appeared to be unaffected by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, who said on Thursday that policy makers must not surrender to low inflation and reiterated the ECB’s dovish monetary policy stance. On the contrary, the EUR/USD preferred the upward trend on speculations the Fed will delay tightening policy.
Going into today’s’ highly anticipated Non-Farm Payrolls report, the current weakness of the U.S. dollar is dominating the markets and we are eager to see whether payrolls data will trigger another round of dollar weakness.
The odds are in favor of further dollar weakness as the January U.S. jobs report is forecast to show a smaller expansion, rising only by 190K last month. The focus will also be on Average Hourly Earnings and if payrolls and wage growth surprise to the downside, the USD is in trouble.
As the expectations are very high, trading is very risky at the time when payrolls are due for release. Traders should therefore use a proper risk management in order to avoid disappointments.
Non-Farm Payrolls are scheduled for release at 13:30 GMT.
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