GBP’s Rollercoaster, USD’s Stability, and EUR’s Upward Trajectory.
GBP: A Mixed Start for the Pound Amidst External Threats
The GBP, especially the Cable, experienced a week of ups and downs, with fluctuations between gains and losses. The overall market pace was slow, anticipating a busy week on the data front. However, the UK lacked impactful data releases, leaving GBP pairs vulnerable to external pressures. Following Chancellor Hunt’s Autumn Statement, the UK faced a relatively quiet week in terms of data. Despite a positive week against the Greenback, the upcoming days hold only medium-impact data releases for the GBP, following last week’s supportive PMI data and the commitment to invest GBP20 billion in the economy.
USD: Stability for the Dollar Amidst Anticipation of Rate Cuts
The U.S. dollar, measured by the DXY index, remained relatively stable around the 103.45 mark on Monday. However, the week is expected to bring increased volatility, with significant events like PCE data, ISM PMI, and a speech by Fed Chair Powell. Traders believe the FOMC has concluded its tightening, shifting focus to a potential easing cycle in 2024. Confidence in rate cuts depends on data showing a decline in price pressures and economic activity, with Thursday’s release of personal income and outlays data providing crucial insights. Expectations include a slowdown in October’s personal spending and a 0.2% rise in core PCE.
EUR: Positive Outlook for Euro Amidst Diverging Central Bank Path
Market pricing suggests potential U.S. rate cuts in March 2024, while ECB President Christine Lagarde emphasizes the ongoing fight against inflation. This divergence supports a positive outlook for the EUR/USD pair. Market attention turns to the German GfK Consumer Climate and the US Consumer Confidence Index, along with speeches from influential FOMC members. The fundamental backdrop suggests an upward trend for spot prices, but bullish traders may exercise caution ahead of key inflation data releases from the Eurozone and the U.S. This includes preliminary German and Spanish consumer inflation figures on Wednesday and the Eurozone CPI report, followed by the US Core PCE Price Index on Thursday, influencing the EUR/USD pair in the short term.