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ECB Leaves Rates Unchanged, EURUSD Moves Sideways Ahead of the Press Conference

ECB Leaves Rates Unchanged, EURUSD Moves Sideways Ahead of the Press Conference

Nick Cawley, Senior Strategist


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ECB Meeting and EUR/USD Price, News and Analysis:

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The European Central Bank left all of their monetary policy settings unchanged today as expected.

Traders will now wait to see the ECB’s thoughts on inflation and growth slightly later in the session. Before the announcement, expectations were building that the ECB may follow the Fed’s path and start to target average inflation to allow them more flexibility and allowing them to keep interest rates lower for longer. The last Euro system Staff Macroeconomic Projections, released in June, showed annual HICP inflation falling to 0.3% in 2020, from 1.2% in 2019 and rising to 0.8% and 1.3% in 2021 and 2022 respectively. The latest projections and President Christine Lagarde’s commentary on today’s decision will be heard at the ECB press conference from 12:30 GMT.

EUR/USD trades near 1.1845, and little movement is expected ahead of the press conference.

EUR/USD Daily Price Chart (January – September 10, 2020)

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of clients are net long. of clients are net short.
Change in Longs Shorts OI
Daily -1% 12% 2%
Weekly 70% -48% 2%
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IG retail trader shows 43.35% of traders are net-long with the ratio of traders short to long at 1.31 to 1.The number of traders net-long is 0.11% higher than yesterday and 6.88% higher from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 1.75% lower than yesterday and unchanged from last week.

We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-short suggests EUR/USD prices may continue to rise.Yet traders are less net-short than yesterday and compared with last week. Recent changes in sentiment warn that the current EUR/USD price trend may soon reverse lower despite the fact traders remain net-short.

What is your view on EUR/USD – bullish or bearish?? You can let us know via the form at the end of this piece or you can contact the author via Twitter @nickcawley1.

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