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EUR/USD dynamics: Market speculation and Federal Reserve's strategic caution

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The value of the dollar is currently experiencing a decline. Despite a change in market expectations in recent weeks, anticipating the initial interest rate reductions of the year, financial analysts consulted by Bloomberg are of the view that the U.S. Federal Reserve will take measures to bolster the dollar on March 20th, during the upcoming Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) decision.

This action stems from a cautionary approach against the perils of precipitous monetary policy adjustments. As a result of this stance, the exchange rate of the Euro against the U.S. dollar (EUR/USD) is likely to rebound from its current resistance level of 1.09. This shift is expected to lead to an evaluation of the support level at 1.07 towards the month’s end.

The U.S. retail sales data from the previous week has played a significant role in reinforcing the conviction among investors that the robust early-year performance of the American economy was an isolated occurrence, not indicative of a continuing trend.

This perception suggests that these strong economic indicators should not significantly sway the Federal Reserve's approach or outlook. Following this sentiment, the U.S. dollar has resumed its downward trajectory in the market.

Consequently, the exchange rate for EUR/USD has seen an upward movement, now stabilizing above the 1.08 level. However, according to Bloomberg's interviewed analysts, there is a possibility that the EUR/USD pair may enter a phase of consolidation in the forthcoming weeks, fluctuating within a narrow range between 1.09 and 1.07.

Looking ahead to March, financial experts are anticipating that Jerome Powell, the Chair of the Federal Reserve, will reinforce his previously stated position during his congressional address and subsequent FOMC meeting. His message is expected to emphasize a lack of urgency in reducing interest rates.

This stance is influenced by two primary factors: on one hand, the impressive financial performances of corporations and the overall strength of the U.S. economy suggest a cautious approach towards any rate cuts. On the other hand, market dynamics might present a different scenario, as evidenced by the market’s behavior in December 2023.

This perspective is shared by Bloomberg analysts Anna Wong, Stuart Paul, Eliza Winger, and Estelle Ou in their latest analysis.

In spite of this, financial experts are forecasting a further increase in the EUR/USD exchange rate, although it continues to be prone to fluctuations. Over the past few months, the EUR/USD rate has been confined to a relatively tight range, oscillating between 1.0500 and 1.1000.

Economists at Goldman Sachs project that this pattern is likely to persist in the near future. They argue that a significant departure from this range would require a substantial economic or political catalyst, which is not evident at the current juncture.

Analysts hold the view that the recent factors favoring a rise in the EUR/USD rate to around 1.09 are likely attributable to a considerable divergence in the monetary policy assessments between the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Federal Reserve.

Alternatively, this could also be due to a convergence in the economic cycles of the eurozone and the United States. Therefore, the key events to watch in the upcoming week include the ECB’s decision on interest rates scheduled for Thursday, followed by Jerome Powell's address to Congress on the same day.

Additionally, the latest data from the U.S. labor market, expected on Friday, will provide further insights into the economic conditions in the U.S., potentially influencing market trends and currency valuations.

eurusd analysis, forex trading
EUR/USD daily chart, MetaTrader, 03.03.2024



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