EUR/GBP Forecast: Consolidation to Prevail Following Whipsaw Price Action
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EUR/GBP PRICE FORECAST:
- Lackluster PMI Data Adds a New Headache for Both the ECB and the BOE Ahead of September Meetings.
- Consolidation Between the 0.8500-0.8700 Handles Looks Set to Continue.
- IGCS Has 70% of Traders Currently Holding Long Positions on EUR/GBP.
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EUR/GBP came in for volatile price action yesterday thanks to both the Euro Area and UK PMI data releases. The pair traded below the psychological 0.8500 level briefly before doing a 360 to finish the day 0.24% up, around the 0.8540 handle.
PMI DATA AND CENTRAL BANKS
PMI data out of the Euro Area and the UK painted a grim picture yesterday as the economy begins to slow down with signs that inflation may remain stubborn. The data clearly adds to what was already a tough task for both the European Central Bank (ECB) and Bank of England (BoE) with market participants already adjusting their rate hike expectations for a lower peak rate. The data certainly leaves room for a pause from the ECB but a concern around rising services and cost pressures does leave the door open for the Central Bank to potentially squeeze in another hike before pausing.
On the other end we have the Bank of England (BoE) who in my opinion will definitely need at least one more rate hike and remain in a better position than the ECB to deliver. This despite a adjustment to the potential peak rate by the Bank of England being cut by 15bps following the PMI release yesterday. Over the medium to longer term and should the rate differential come into play I still believe one more leg to the downside and below the 0.8500 mark may materialize.
Given the overall dynamics at play with EURGBP I do expect consolidation to return in the short-term as the pair awaits further developments at the September batch of Central Bank meetings.
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RISK EVENTS AHEAD
From a risk event perspective there isn’t a lot on the horizon for the Euro Area or the UK ahead of the weekend. There is German GDP and the IfO Business Climate data tomorrow which could give another peak at the health of Europe’s most industrialized economy.
ECB President Christine Lagarde has been quiet of late, but we will finally get to hear comments from her at Jackson Hole tomorrow with Deputy Governor Broadbent of the Bank of England also scheduled to speak. In the absence of high-impact data comments from the Central Bankers could help drive short-term volatility and price action.
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TECHNICAL OUTLOOK AND FINAL THOUGHTS
Looking at EURGBP from a technical standpoint and we have been stuck in a range since breaking below the 200-day MA at the beginning of May. Since bottoming out in Mid-July however, price action has been messy with a series of higher lows followed by lower highs sending mixed signals. The constant changes in rate hike probabilities have had a part to play but the lack of conviction looks likely to continue.
Key Levels to Keep an Eye On:
- 0.8500 (Psychological Level)
- 0.8646 (100-day MA)
EUR/GBP Daily Chart – August 24, 2023
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Written by: Zain Vawda, Market Writer for DailyFX.com
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