The US dollar’s weakness offered a boost to emerging-market currencies and oil.
Important day for the EUR
The European Central Bank is going to deliver its interest rate decision at 14:45 (MT time). Interest rate announcement is closely watched by traders struggling to define the future path of EUR/USD. The rate decision, as usual, will be followed by the ECB press conference at 15:30 MT time. The regulator’s president Mario Draghi will explain the reasons behind the ECB decisions and answer the journalists’ questions. As the central bank is not expected to change the interest rate, the press conference will be more important. The speech of Mario Draghi may provide clues regarding the ECB’s future monetary policy.
The minutes of the ECB’s last meeting showed that the central bank is concerned by the escalation of global trade tensions. Traders will watch the central bank’s press conference and trading in EUR/USD and other pairs containing the EUR will likely be very active.
• If the ECB sounds optimistic, the EUR will gain.
• If the ECB sounds pessimistic, the EUR will fall.
The main market tendency today is that the US dollar is rising against its major peers and riskier assets such as stocks and oil are plummeting.
The USD continues dipping, while the GBP is rising on hopes for the Brexit deal done today.
Poor US data, slow vaccine distribution, rising virus cases worsened the market sentiment and underpinned safe-haven currencies like the USD, and JPY.
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.