FX Talking Points:
EUR/USD snaps the recent series of higher highs & lows as the European Central Bank (ECB) refuses to deliver a detailed exit-strategy, and the pair may continue to give back the advance from the monthly-low (1.2155) as the Relative Strength Index (RSI) clings to the bearish formation carried over from earlier this year.
Despite the small upward revision in the ECB’s growth forecast, recent remarks from the Governing Council suggest the central bank is in no rush to abandon its easing-cycle as ‘measures of underlying inflation remain subdued and have yet to show convincing signs of a sustained upward trend.’ It seems as though the ECB will largely stick to the current script throughout the first-half of 2018 as ‘an ample degree of monetary stimulus remains necessary for underlying inflation pressures to continue to build up,’ and the wait-and-see approach for monetary policy may ultimately lead to a larger correction in EUR/USD especially as the Federal Reserve pledges to further normalize monetary policy over the coming months.
Nevertheless, President Mario Draghi and Co. may have little choice but to gradually alter the forward guidance for monetary policy as the quantitative easing (QE) program is set to expire in September, and the ECB may continue to make minor adjustments to prepare European households and businesses for a less-accommodative stance as ‘incoming information, including our new staff projections, confirms the strong and broad-based growth momentum in the euro area economy, which is projected to expand in the near term at a somewhat faster pace than previously expected.’ With that said, the broader shift in EUR/USD may continue to take shape over the course of the year, but recent price action keeps the near-term outlook tilted to the downside as the bearish momentum from earlier this year appears to be reemerging.
EUR/USD Daily Chart
- EUR/USD stands at risk for a larger correction as the recent advance fails to generate a test of the 2018-high (1.2556), while the Relative Strength Index (RSI) appears to be extending the bearish formation carried over from the previous month as the oscillator comes off of trendline resistance.
- May see EUR/USD continue to pullback from the 1.2430 (50% expansion) region, with a break/close below the 1.2320 (23.6% retracement) to 1.2370 (61.8% expansion) zone raising the risk for a move back towards 1.2230 (50% retracement).
- Next downside hurdle comes in around 1.2130 (50% retracement), which sits just beneath the March-low (1.2155), with the next area of interest coming in around 1.1960 (38.2%