Forex News: The bulls dominated yesterday’s session although the U.S. Durable Goods Orders showed a value above expectations. The pair climbed above immediate resistance and above the 50 period EMA.
The level at 1.1775 and the 50 period EMA created a confluence zone of resistance and the break seen yesterday shows that the Euro is winning the short term battle with the US Dollar. A lot will depend today on the ECB interest rate announcement and Mario Draghi’s press conference that follows soon after, but strictly from a technical standpoint, we expect to see a move into 1.1840.
Today is Euro’s turn to take center stage as the European Central Bank will announce their interest rate at 11:45 am GMT and ECB President Draghi will hold his usual press conference at 12:30 pm GMT. The current rate is 0.00% and no change is expected but the press conference is usually the main market mover.
During the conference, Mario Draghi will talk about the rate decision and then will answer journalists’ questions; this second part of the session usually generates strong volatility but the direction will be decided by his answers and attitude. Caution is advised.
The Pound strengthened and took the pair more than 150 pips higher yesterday, negating all the losses incurred a day before and extending gains. Most of the move was due to a better than expected British Preliminary GDP but also upbeat comments made by British politicians.
The Pound is fuelled by a positive economic sentiment and by hawkish comments made by politicians but the pair is currently struggling to break the key resistance at 1.3250. Also, strong and fast moves in one direction are usually followed by a retracement so we expect to see some sort of pullback before 1.3250 can be broken but the bias is bullish as long as the pair remains above the 50 EMA.
The Pound will not be affected by economic data today but potential comments made by UK politicians will have a direct impact on the currency.