Risk sentiment improves as we await BoE minutes
City Index April 18, 2012 1:00 PM
<p>EUR/USD Range: 1.3088-1.3142 Support: 1.2980 Resistance: 1.3210 Range trading persists as we trade at yesterday’s lows (1.3089) as I type. The euro is hanging onto […]</p>
Range trading persists as we trade at yesterday’s lows (1.3089) as I type. The euro is hanging onto gains made since the short squeeze from 1.2995 on Monday buoyed by solid risk sentiment after the IMF increased their forecasts on global growth despite the warning that if any member were to leave the eurozone it could trigger ‘full blown panic’ with potential to rip the entire bloc apart. Although Spain’s bill auction was taken well by the market yesterday the true test will come tomorrow when Spain auction its two and 10-year notes.
Range: 1.5895 – 1.5945
Sterling holds onto slight gains above the 1.5900 handle after a slightly stronger CPI reading yesterday with the broader range of 1.5800-1.6000 remaining intact. The BoE minutes are released this morning at 9.30am GMT with the vote expected to show 9-0 for rates to remain on hold and a 7-2 vote on asset purchases with Posen and Miles voting in favour of increasing asset purchases.
The JPY was the highlight in the Asian session with USD/JPY breaking above 81.20 trading just above 81.40 with exporter interest taken out at 81.30. Risk sentiment helped cross JPY markets rally after the IMF gave risk a boost with upbeat global growth forecasts. BOJ Governor Nishimura spoke this morning and reiterated that additional steps will be taken to boost the economy of Japan. The market will now await the BOJ semi annual outlook report on the 27th of April.