EURUSD: Trading The European Central Bank Interest Rate Decision

By David Song, Currency AnalystMichael Boutros, Currency Strategist

Trading the News: European Central Bank Interest Rate Decision

What’s Expected:

Time of release: 04/04/2012 1 1 :45 GMT, 7:45E D T

Primary Pair Impact: EURUSD

Expected: 1.00%

Previous: 1.00%

DailyFX Forecast: 1.00%

Why Is This Event Important:

Although market participants see the European Central Bank keeping the benchmark interest rate at 1.00%, the press conference with President Mario Draghi could drag on the EURUSD should the central bank head cast a weakened outlook for the region. Indeed, we’re going to keep a close eye on the ECB’s fundamental assessment as the region faces a risk for a prolonged recession, and dovish comments from Mr. Draghi could reinforce our bearish outlook for the euro as the sovereign debt crisis continues to drag on the real economy.

Recent Economic Developments

The Upside

Release

Expected

Actual

Euro-Zone Producer Price Index (YoY) (FEB)

3.5%

3.6%

Euro-Zone Consumer Price Index Estimate (MAR)

2.5%

2.6%

Euro-Zone Consumer Price Index (YoY) (FEB)

2.7%

2.7%

The Downside

Release

Expected

Actual

Euro-Zone Unemployment Rate (FEB)

10.8%

10.8%

Euro-Zone Purchasing Manager Index Composite (MAR A)

49.6

48.7

Euro-Zone Gross Domestic Product (QoQ) (4Q P)

-0.3%

-0.3%

As the European Central Bank takes note of the stickiness in inflation, we may see the Governing Council soften its dovish tone for monetary policy, and the ECB may talk down speculation for additional monetary support as it maintains its one and only mandate to ensure price stability. However, as the ongoing weakness in the labor market paired with the downturn in production dampens the outlook for growth, we may see the central bank reduce its economic outlook for the region, and President Draghi may keep the door open to expand policy further in an effort to encourage a sustainable recovery.

Potential Price Targets For The Rate Decision

A look at the encompassing structure shows theeuro breaking below channel support dating back to the March14 th before encountering support at the 50-daymoving average at 1.3215. The break, prompted by the release of thelatest FOMC minutes, represents a significant reversal for the eurowith daily support targets seen lower at the confluence of the32.8% Fibonacci retracement taken form the January 16 th advance and the 100-day moving average at1.3155. Daily resistance now stands with former support at the23.6% extension at 1.3280 backed by long trendline resistancedating back to the August 29 th high, currently at 1.3380.

Our 30min scalp chart shows the pair confirmingthe break below channel support before rebounding off the 1.3215level cited earlier. A break here eyes subsequent support targetsat the 23.6% Fibonacci extension taken from the March 14 th and 22 nd troughs at the 1.32-figure, 1.3180, 1.3160 andthe March 22 nd low at 1.3132. A compromise of this levelnegates the current Fibonacci setup with such a scenario eyeingtargets at the 1.31-figure and 1.3065. Interim resistance stands atthe 38.2% extension at 1.3240 backed by 1.3255, the 50% extensionat 1.3275, and the 1.33-figure. Should the rate decision prompt abearish response look to target downside levels with only a breachabove 1.3380 negating our short-term bias.

How To Trade This Event Risk

A s ECB President Mario Draghi is scheduled tospeak at 1 2 :30 GMT, trading the interest rate decision may not beas clear cut as some of our previous trades, but the policystatement may pave the way for a long Euro trade should the centralbank soften its dovish tone for monetary policy. Therefore, if Mr.Draghi strikes a positive outlook for the region and curbsspeculation for more easing, we will need to see a green,five-minute candle following the fresh batch of commentary toestablish a buy entry on two-lots of EURUSD. Once these conditionsare fulfilled, we will set the initial stop at the nearby swing lowor a reasonable distance from the entry, and this risk willgenerate our first objective. The second target will be based ondiscretion, and we will move the stop on the second lot tobreakeven once the first trade reaches its mark in an effort toprotect our profits.

However, as the ongoing weakness in the real economy heightens the risk for a prolonged recession, the ECB may sound a bit more dovish this time around, and the central bank head may continue to endorse its easing cycle in an effort to balance the risks surrounding the region. As a result, if the Governing Council curbs its outlook for growth and inflation, we will carry out the same strategy for a short euro-dollar trade as the long position laid out above, just in the opposite direction.

Impact that the European Central Bank Interest Rate Decision has had on EUR during the last meeting

Period

Data Released

Estimate

Actual

Pips Change

(1 Hour post event )

Pips Change

(End of Day post event)

MAR 2012

03/08/2012 12:45 GMT

1.00%

1.00%

+17

+31

March 2012European Central Bank Interest Rate Decision

Indeed, the European Central Bank kept the benchmark interest rate at 1.00% in March, but soften its dovish tune for monetary policy as the Governing Council sees inflation staying above the 2% target throughout 2012. As the ECB shifts its focus to price stability, the remarks pushed the EURUSD back above 1.3300, but we saw the pair consolidate throughout the North American trade to end the day at 1.3271.

--- Written by David Song, Currency Analyst andMichael Boutros, Currency Strategist

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