Overnight saw ECB President Mario Draghi speaking on monetary policy before the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Committee in Brussels.
Going by Mr Draghi’s high personal entertainment standards, last night’s speech was rather uneventful in both shenanigans and market moving material.
Draghi outlined the standard risks to Europe’s inflation and growth outlook having increased due to the emerging market slowdown but qualified the statement by stating that the central bank needs more time before deciding on the direction of any further possible stimulus and that the ECB is ready to beef up its 1 trillion+ Euro asset buying program if needed. A big hedge on the Fed if ever there was one.
He went on to say that price growth will take longer than previously expected to rise back to the ECB’s target of 2%, but more evidence is needed to conclude whether China’s slowdown, the rising Euro (see the chart below) and falling oil prices will divert inflation from its projected path.
“The asset purchase program has sufficient in-built flexibility.”
“We will adjust its size, composition and duration as appropriate, if more monetary policy impulse should become necessary.”
The deluge of PMI’s overnight didn’t alter the macro picture, but the Chinese Caixin Manufacturing PMI falling to its lowest reading in 6.5 years will continue to give central bankers soundbites.
The Euro bounced off the level of interest we spoke about yesterday but while price is still in the middle of that short term channel, risk management for taking short term positions is still an issue for me.
On the Calendar Thursday:
NZD Trade Balance
EUR German Ifo Business Climate
EUR Targeted LTRO
USD Core Durable Goods Orders m/m
USD Unemployment Claims
USD Fed Chair Yellen Speaks
Chart of the Day:
With the fallout from yesterday’s Volkswagen emissions scandal starting to settle, the German DAX took quite a hit overnight during the European session.
While still in a major bullish trend, price has pulled all the way back to weekly trend line support.
The daily has seen price kick down from where we were re-testing the short term flag support as resistance a month ago, providing a nice continuation short. Now with price back at both swing lows and major weekly trend line support, buyers surely wont be far away.
Do you see opportunity in trading the DAX at this price?
Dane Williams – @VantageFX
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