The Fed held a much-awaited meeting yesterday. The bank hasn’t made any policy changes. As a result, the USD weakened and EUR/USD rocketed. Jump in to know all the latest news!
5 important things this week will bring us!
- Britain’s GDP and manufacturing production (Mon, 11:30 MT (9:30 GMT) time) – According to analysts, British GDP growth will remain at the same level. As for the level of manufacturing production, it is expected to advance by 0.2%. Higher-than-expected figures will support the British pound.
- New Zealand's monetary policy statement and press conference (Wed, 3:00 and 4:00 MT (1:00 and 2:00 GMT) time) – The rate hike is not going to happen, but the tone of the statement, as well as the comments by the RBNZ governor Adrian Orr during the press conference, may provide additional volatility to the NZD.
- Britain’s CPI (Wed, 11:30 MT (9:30 GMT) time) – The level of consumer price index for Great Britain is anticipated to decline to 1.9% in January. If the actual figures are higher, the GBP will be supported amid the Brexit uncertainties.
- US CPI and core CPI (Wed, 15:30 MT (13:30 GMT) time) – As for the US indicators, the headline CPI is expected to increase by 0.1%, while its core level (without food and energy) will rise by 0.2%. If the data is even more positive, the USD will strengthen.
- US PPI, retail sales and core retail sales (Thu, 15:30 MT (13:30 GMT) time) – Finally, on Friday the USD may rise due to the following releases. Analysts predict the levels of retail sales and PPI to increase by 0.1%. As for the level of core retail sales, it is projected to stay at the last month’s levels.
- Brexit remains one of the key uncertainties for the market and for the British pound in particular. The next Brexit debates at the Parliament are scheduled for February 14. During this meeting, the British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to announce the results of her negotiations with the EU. However, May’s attempts to make changes to the current deal were rejected by the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker last week. That is why this meeting won’t be final in the long-lasting Brexit drama. Reportedly, the next vote on Theresa May’s deal is likely to happen no earlier than on February 25-27. As the final deadline for Britain's divorce with the EU comes closer, Theresa May wrote a letter to the Labor opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn suggesting a discussion between the parties to consider "alternative arrangements" to the Irish backstop. If her negotiations are successful, this may bring support to the British pound.
- The third round of trade talks between the US and China is expected this week in Beijing. The previous discussions were successful but did not lead to the final deal. This meeting will impact the market sentiment a lot, as the investors will be looking for any significant progress ahead of the final deadline of the trade truce on March 1.
- Also, the US government may be shut down again, if the officials do not reach an agreement on Trump's demand for funding the wall between the US and Mexico until February 15. If it happens, the USD will be affected.
What will happen? The US Q2 Gross Domestic Product will be announced at 15:30 MT time (GMT+3) on Thursday, July 29…
Today the Fed will make a policy statement at 21:00 GMT+3. This event will affect all the currency pairs with the USD and thus almost the all Forex market!
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will hold a meeting and announce changes to the monetary policy on August 3, at 07:30 MT time (GMT+3).
What events to follow and how to trade during the week of July 2-6?
EUR/USD retraced to 1.1870 after breaking out this level. It should be just a natural sell-off ahead of the further rally up.