Poor US data, slow vaccine distribution, rising virus cases worsened the market sentiment and underpinned safe-haven currencies like the USD, and JPY.
How to trade EUR after the ECB rate statement?
The European Central Bank will publish the main refinancing rate and make a statement on Thursday, June 4, at 14:45 MT time. Also, the ECB press conference will be later at 15:30 MT time.
Instruments to trade: EUR/USD, EUR/CAD, EUR/GBP, EUR/JPY, EUR/NZD, EUR/AUD, EUR/CHF
Analysts give 99% that the main refinancing rate will stay unchanged. Traders should focus on the ECB statement and the press conference. The central bank will reveal the market overview and give its forecast. It’s important what officials think about the future recovery as it will drive EUR. The central bank’s main weakness is a risky nature of its debt. However, the ECB with Merkel and Macron tackled it and unleashed a 750 billion-euro emergency asset-purchase program with 500 billion as grants and the rest as loans. It helped to prevent borrowing costs from going out of control. Economists expect the program to be topped up.
If the ECB leaves everything unchanged or expands quantitative easing, EUR may fall.
If the ECB increases the size of the pandemic emergency purchase program (PEPP) or targeted longer term refinancing operations (LTRO), EUR can rise.
The European Central Bank will publish the monetary policy statement with the interest rate decision on January 21, at 14:45 MT time.
Joe Biden is going to unveil a Covid-19 relief package of about $2 trillion. After this announcement, the 10-year Treasury yield rose, adding support for the USD.
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The Canadian central bank will make a monetary policy report and announce interest rates on Wednesday, January 20, at 17:00 MT time. Also, the BOC press conference will be held later.
USD’s rally takes a pause, while riskier assets are modestly rising.