Shift in EUR/USD Behavior to Persist as ECB Alters Policy Outlook
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The ECB meeting minutes suggests the Governing Council will continue to change its tune over the coming months as the euro-area expands ‘at a somewhat faster pace than previously expected.’ President Mario Draghi and Co. may sound more upbeat at the next meeting on July 20 as officials note the positive developments coming out of the euro-area ‘had to be reflected in the Governing Council’s communication by dropping the reference to the expectation of further rate cuts in its forward guidance on policy rates,’ and the central bank may show a greater willingness to gradually reduce its asset-purchase program over the coming months as the non-standard measure is set to expire in December.
Keep in mind, the Euro still faces a bumpy road ahead as the ECB appears to be on course to preserve the zero-interest rate policy (ZIRP) throughout 2017, while Greece struggles to secure the next tranche of its bailout program. Nevertheless, the material shift in EUR/USD behavior may continue to unfold over the near to medium-term as the Governing Council alters the forward guidance and sees ‘diminishing downside tail risks to price stability.’
The broader outlook for EUR/USD remains constructive as price & the Relative Strength Index (RSI) continue to track the upward trends carried over from late-2016. A near-term bull flag formation appears to be panning out as EUR/USD snaps back ahead of the former-resistance – the 1.1290 (38.2% expansion) zone – and starts to carve a series of higher highs & lows.
As a result, a break of the June-high (1.1446) may trigger a more meaningful run at the 1.1480 (78.6% expansion) hurdle, with the next region of interest coming in around 1.1580 (100% expansion).
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