EURGBP Loiters Ahead of PM May's Meeting with Chancellor Merkel
Sterling Talking Points
- UK PM Theresa May’s meeting today with German Chancellor Angela Merkel may give the market further insight into the post-Brexit EU/UK relationship.
- EURGBP remains range bound but trading opportunities remain
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Sterling’s Recovery Continues But Brexit Negotiations Remain Key.
Recent Brexit commentary seemingly points to a thawing of the chilly EU/UK relationship with the EU said to have a dropped an inflammatory transition ‘punishment clause’ that sparked anger among the UK Brexit team and various EU member states. The punitive clause said that the UK could lose access to parts of the European single market if it broke EU red lines during the transition period.
In a new report published Thursday, the UK business body the Institute of directors (IoD) has put forward a hybrid future trade model to replace its current customs union with the EU. The report argues that the UK should pursue a new, bespoke and partial customs union with Europe, not unlike the current EU/Turkey example. The report concluded that,
“The UK and EU should focus on outcomes, not process. The option outlined in this paper would provide the continuity needed by some of our strategic sectors, alongside the autonomy over trade policy that was put forward as an argument in favour of Brexit”.
EURGBP Range Bound With Technical Levels Holding Sway.
EURGBP has been stuck in a range over the last five months with investors unwilling to take a strong view either way on the pair. The range is characterised by the pair oscillating either side of the 50% Fibonacci retracement level of 0.88100 with the 38.2% level of 0.89270 and the 61.8% level of 0.86920 providing the outer limits. This range is likely to hold in the weeks ahead and provides investors with trading opportunities, especially when the pair reach the outer limits of the range.
EURGBP Price Chart Daily Timeframe (April 2017 – February 13, 2018)
Retail EURGBP Shorts Grow Sharply
IG Client Sentiment data show 30.0% of traders are net-long EURGBP with the ratio of traders short to long at 2.33 to 1. In fact, traders have remained net-short since Feb 05 when EURGBP traded near 0.88692; price has remained unchanged since then. The number of traders net-long is 0.4% lower than yesterday and 4.6% lower from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 4.7% higher than yesterday and 57.7% higher from last week.
We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-short suggests EURGBP prices may continue to rise. Traders are further net-short than yesterday and last week, and the combination of current sentiment and recent changes gives us a stronger EURGBP-bullish contrarian trading bias.
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--- Written by Nick Cawley, Analyst
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