European update – Mixed trading continues

Major events pass without drama

Another mixed session looks on the cards on Thursday, very much continuing the trend this week as we move passed what could have been a volatile Wednesday unscathed and look ahead to a relatively calm end to the week.

Source – Thomson Reuters Eikon

The economic calendar is looking much more scarce compared to yesterday, with US jobless claims and various FOMC voters – vice Chair Richard Clarida, John Williams, James Bullard and Michelle Bowman – scheduled to speak. Coming on the back of the minutes yesterday, these comments will be of interest although with the Fed’s position quite clear, I question just how market moving they’ll be.

Is anyone actually happy with the Brexit extension?

Investors and businesses I’m sure will be relieved to learn that no-deal Brexit has been avoided on Friday, while the rest of us are left wondering why we potentially have another six months of this nonsense.

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The extension has done nothing for the pound which priced this in a long time ago and remains towards the lower end of its trading range. In the absence of a Brexit deal and with the economy under-performing, facing another six months of uncertainty and maybe no rate hike as a result, the bullish case for sterling near-term may have significantly diminished.

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.