Forex Institutional Research: Lloyds Bank FX Daily

Forex Institutional Research: Lloyds Bank FX Daily

Key quotes from the Lloyds Bank FX report: 

Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

The broad US equity index, the S&P500 traded new all-time highs yesterday – the rally lifting the sentiment tide globally with all the major equity markets significantly off their lows. With high expectations that Japan’s Abe will double down on his “3 arrows” policy and announce additional fiscal stimulus, the Nikkei has rallied strongly and the JPY has come under strong selling pressure. Important daily trend resistance lies at 104.50/75. The announcement that Theresa May will be the next UK prime minister, potentially by tomorrow evening, has seen the GBP benefit from a portion of certainty – for now anyway. BoE Governor Carney’s appears before the Treasury Select Committee, which will be closely watched ahead of the MPC policy announcement Thursday. He is, however, wearing his FPC hat and is supposed to be answering questions on financial stability (the minutes of the 28 June FPC meeting will be published half an hour earlier). That said, Carney may receive questions on potential monetary policy measures, which he will presumably try to bat away. Economists are divided on whether the MPC will start to ease policy this week (a thin majority expect so) or whether it will decide to wait until the August meeting only three weeks away when further measures are expected to be discussed. The stream of US Fed speakers continues today, with scheduled appearances from Tarullo, Bullard and Kashkari. Yesterday, Esther George said that she didn’t dissent in the last meeting, and was merely worried about timing, which has been alleviated after June’s US labour market report


The market has taken joy from the announcement of Theresa May as the next PM. GBP has rallied strongly to test important intra-day resistance lying in the 1.3150-1.3225 region, a break would suggest a broader move back towards more important daily trend resistance around 1.35 can be seen. Key intra-day support now lies at 1.3040-1.30. Long term, the decline through the 2009 lows at 1.35 is viewed as the last phase in the bear trend that started back in 2007 from the 2.1160 highs. We doubt we will get a V-shape recovery. More likely we see a broader multi-month bottoming process. What isn’t clear yet is whether we start to develop this base around the 1.28 region, or at lower support levels in the 1.22-1.18 region.




EUR is benefitting from the rally in GBP. We have developed a higher low in the 1.1020 region, over key support at 1.0910 and now seeing a push towards important 1.1150-1.12 resistance. A break here would suggest our bearish bias is wrong and that a re-test of the 1.1410 previous highs could be seen. Overall, while resistance holds our bias is for a move through 1.0910 towards 1.08-1.0750 support below. Longer term we are becoming wary that 1.0450-1.17 range is developing as a “flag” consolidation ahead of a test of key longterm support in the 1.00-0.99 region. We are monitoring this for greater clarity and confidence in this view


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