Euro Falters as 1Q GDP Disappoints, Pound Rebounds on BoE

Thursday, May 16, 20130 comments



  • Euro: EZ 1Q GDP Disappoints, H&S Continues to Pan Out
  • British Pound: BoE Raises Growth Outlook- Supports Inflation-Targeting Framework
  • U.S. Dollar: Producer Prices, Industrial Production on Tap
Euro: EZ 1Q GDP Disappoints, H&S Continues to Pan Out
The Euro slid to a fresh monthly low of 1.2874 as the region’s 1Q GDP report showed the growth rate contracting 0.3% versus forecasts for a 0.1% decline, and the prolonged recession may continue to drag on the exchange rate as it fuels speculation for additional monetary support.
As the euro-area struggles to return to growth, the European Central Bank (ECB) may come under increased pressure to further embark on its easing cycle, and we may see a growing argument to purchase Asset-Backed Securities (ABS) in an effort to encourage a stronger recovery. At the same time, negative interest rates may also turn into a real option for the Governing Council amid the ongoing turmoil in the periphery countries, and the central bank may continue to push into uncharted territory as the governments operating under the single currency become increasingly reliant on monetary support.
As the head-and-shoulders in the EURUSD continues to play out, the pair looks poised to give back the rebound from back in April (1.2743), and we may see a move back towards the 23.65 Fibonacci retracement from the 2009 high to the 2010 low around 1.2640-50 as the fundamental outlook for the euro-area turns increasingly bleak.
British Pound: BoE Raises Growth Outlook- Supports Inflation-Targeting Framework
The British Pound rallied to 1.5271 as the Bank of England (BoE) raised its growth forecast for the U.K., and the short-term rebound in the sterling may gather pace in the days ahead as market participants scale back bets for more quantitative easing.
Indeed, Governor Mervyn King struck up support for the inflation-targeting framework as the BoE sees a modest and sustainable recovery in Britain, but it seems as though there’s growing concerns surrounding the central bank’s credibility as price growth is expected to hold above the 2% over the policy horizon. In turn, we should see the Monetary Policy Committee slowly move away from its easing cycle, and the central bank may lay out a tentative exit strategy in the coming months as the region turns to growth.
As the GBPUSD continues to carve a higher base around the 1.5200 region, we may see another run at the 38.2% Fib from the 2009 low to high around 1.5680, and the sterling may continue to retrace the decline from earlier this year as the BoE adopts a more neutral to hawkish tone for monetary policy.
U.S. Dollar: Producer Prices, Industrial Production on Tap
The greenback extended the advance from earlier this week, with the Dow Jones-FXCM U.S. Dollar Index (Ticker: USDOLLAR)rallying to a fresh yearly high of 10,763, but the reserve currency may consolidate going into the North American trade as the economic docket is expected to dampen the outlook for growth and inflation.
A slowdown in U.S. Producer Prices along with a drop in Industrial Production may drag on the exchange rate as it raises expectations for more Fed support, but the reserve currency may stay afloat throughout the day should the flight to safety gather pace. In turn, we anticipate to see further USD strength over the near to medium-term, but the dollar remains poised for a correction as the recent rally becomes overbought.
FX Upcoming
Currency
GMT
EDT
Release
Expected
Prior
USD
11:00
7:00
MBA Mortgage Applications (MAY 10)
7.0%
CAD
12:30
8:30
Manufacturing Shipments (MoM) (MAR)
0.5%
2.6%
USD
12:30
8:30
Empire Manufacturing (MAY)
4.00
3.05
USD
12:30
8:30
Producer Price Index (MoM) (APR)
-0.6%
-0.6%
USD
12:30
8:30
Producer Price Index (YoY) (APR)
0.8%
1.1%
USD
12:30
8:30
Producer Price Index Ex Food & Energy (MoM) (APR)
0.1%
0.2%
USD
12:30
8:30
Producer Price Index Ex Food & Energy (YoY) (APR)
1.7%
1.7%
CAD
13:00
9:00
Existing Home Sales (MoM) (APR)
2.4%
USD
13:00
9:00
Net Long-term TIC Flows (MAR)
-$17.8B
USD
13:00
9:00
Total Net TIC Flows (MAR)
$53.6B
USD
13:15
9:15
Industrial Production (APR)
-0.1%
0.4%
USD
13:15
9:15
Capacity Utilization (APR)
78.3%
78.5%
USD
13:15
9:15
Manufacturing Production (SIC) (APR)
0.0%
-0.1%
USD
14:00
10:00
NAHB Housing Market Index (MAY)
43
42
USD
14:30
10:30
DOE U.S. Crude Oil Inventories (MAY 10)
230K
USD
14:30
10:30
DOE U.S. Distillate Inventory (MAY 10)
1812K
USD
14:30
10:30
DOE U.S. Gasoline Inventories (MAY 10)
-910K
NZD
22:30
18:30
Business NZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (APR)
53.4

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