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Why the EURUSD might trade higher
Following Powell's statement at the annual Jackson Hole symposium – “We are prepared to raise rates further if appropriate and intend to hold policy at a restrictive level until we are confident that inflation is moving sustainably down toward our objective.” – markets seem more inclined towards expecting another rate hike in the US. This move, in our analysis, provides the Federal Reserve (the Fed) with added flexibility for future decisions. Meanwhile, the European Central Bank (ECB) echoes a similar sentiment, insisting on remaining stringent as the battle against inflation is ongoing.
A dive into headline & core inflation shows a decline in the former for both the EU and US. However, Europe's core inflation remains stubbornly high, without evident signs of decreasing. Further, Europe's robust PMI, in contrast to the sub-50 US print, paired with this sticky core inflation, indicates that the ECB might maintain its tight monetary stance to combat inflation.
The Futures and OIS market can give us some insights on market participants’ expectation of the forward rate path. Here we see similar expectations of an increase in rates before cuts are priced in.
Generally speaking, interest rate differential is inversely related to the EURUSD, hence in the chart above we see this relationship in play with the US-EU Interest Rate, roughly marking out the inverted EURUSD path. From 2019 to 2022, where we saw the rate differential held constant after a period of decrease, the EURUSD traded higher during that period. Hence whether the ECB tightens further or keep in line with market expectations, we see potential for the EURUSD to trade higher given historical precedence.
The US dollar is currently hovering near the upper threshold of a descending channel. The previous 3-times when RSI reached such levels marked the turnaround point for the dollar.
On a longer-term chart, we see the EURUSD trading right above the 1.08 level which has been a key support & resistance level going back to 1970s.
Zooming in, the EURUSD pair now trades on the lower band of an ascending channel with RSI pointing oversold. Again, the past 3 times when RSI were at this level marked the reversal point for the EURUSD.
Hence, whether the ECB reacts with more hikes as expected by market participants, or it stays the expected course, the EURUSD is likely to trade higher as we look back in history. Supported by technical, and the potential for a weaker dollar as it trades near resistance, we favour a long position in the EURUSD Futures at the current levels of 1.0827 with a stop loss at 1.05 and take profit at 1.130. Each 0.00005 increment per EUR in the EURUSD futures contract equals to 6.25$.
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