Euro, EUR/USD, ECB, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Quantitative Easing – Asia Pacific Market Open
- Euro, EUR/USD gain as ECB introduces additional QE measures on virus
- This followed aggressive US Dollar rise on haven demand as stocks declined
- Australian Dollar may rise with stocks if RBA further bolsters sentiment next
BREAKING NEWS: ECB Introduces Extra Quantitative Easing Measures, Euro Soars
The Euro surged in a volatile knee-jerk reaction to the European Central Bank which announced additional quantitative easing measures. The ECB offered an extra emergency pandemic asset program worth about 750 billion Euros. Heading into the announcement, the central bank’s governing council was holding an emergency call on the coronavirus response effort which offered an initial boost to market sentiment.
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These measures cover private and public sector securities and is anticipated to prolong until the end of 2020. They will also include Greek debt under a waiver. Christine Lagarde, the ECB’s President, said that there are “no limits” to their commitment to the Euro. This was perhaps in spirit to former head Mario Draghi when during the Eurozone Debt Crisis of 2011 he said they will do “whatever it takes” to preserve the Euro.
Today’s actions followed last week’s policy announcement where the central bank boosted liquidity measures to an already-running QE program. Gains in EUR/USD likely had more to do with the ECB bolstering sentiment. S&P 500 and DAX futures pushed higher on the headlines, undermining the need for an immediate haven such as the highly-liquid US Dollar. The anti-risk Japanese Yen weakened.
EUR/USD Gains on Extra ECB Stimulus Measures
Wednesday’s Wall Street Session – US Dollar Soars on Haven Demand
The US Dollar soared on Wednesday as the global rout in equities picked up momentum, pushing the Greenback on average towards what could be its best month since October 2008. The Dow Jones and S&P 500 closed -6.30% and -5.18% to the downside. In fact, Wall Street indexes are making an attempt to overturn decade-old rising support which risks prolonging the bear market. Emerging markets face a similar fate. Over the past 24 hours, confirmed coronavirus cases in Europe surpassed those in China.
Thursday’s Asia Pacific Trading Session – All Eyes on RBA, AUD/USD
With sentiment improving, Thursday’s Asia Pacific trading session may see a broadly “risk-on” tone. On top of the measures from the ECB, the U.S. Senate signed off on the coronavirus relief bill which is likely to get signed into law by President Donald Trump. At 3:30 GMT the Reserve Bank of Australia will host an inter-meeting rate decision which will be followed by a press conference from Governor Philip Lowe.
On top of what could be further rate cuts, the markets seem to be expecting that the RBA could launch unconventional tools of its own. As such, the Australian jobs report may be brushed aside. With that in mind, a combination of these developments may even offer a boost to the growth-linked Australian Dollar if the RBA inspires the ASX 200 to bounce. In these uncertain times, follow-through is however not a guarantee.
Euro Technical Analysis
On the 4-hour chart, EUR/USD has bounced off the 38.2% Fibonacci extension at 1.0838. This has resulted in the Euro pressuring “inner resistance” which if taken out, may result in a test of “outer resistance”. The latter is maintaining the dominant downtrend from this month’s top. That may come into focus down the road in the event of a prolonged rise. If it holds, then we may see EUR/USD resume its steady push lower.
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— Written by Daniel Dubrovsky, Currency Analyst for DailyFX.com
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