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Currency Focus: Euro Stumbles Against Resilient Dollar Pre-FOMC

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Euro stumbles against the dollar ahead of FOMC’s decision amid bearish signals, highlighting potential downtrend continuation.

The Euro continues its battle against a resurgent US dollar, with the ongoing disparity in rate-cut expectations further widening the gap between the two currencies. As investors await today’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) decision, the Euro to US dollar (EUR/USD) pair faces downward pressure, marked by a bearish flag formation hinting at a potential downtrend continuation.

The FOMC meeting today is not anticipated to bring about any policy changes. However, market participants await the post-FOMC press conference, hoping for insights into the Federal Reserve’s stance on interest rates. With higher-than-forecast US inflation complicating the central bank’s plan to initiate rate cuts, analysts predict that the first 25 basis point cut might occur in November, with prospects diminishing for further cuts this year.

The market anticipates that Chair Jerome Powell will clarify the Fed’s monetary policy stance in his post-decision remarks. However, there are no expectations of forward guidance on rate cuts. Powell will likely maintain a neutral-to-hawkish tone, emphasizing a data-driven approach to future policy decisions. Following the press conference, market attention will shift to the US Jobs Report, scheduled for Friday.

Currency Focus: Euro Stumbles Against Resilient Dollar Pre-FOMC

The EUR/USD pair remains entrenched in a longer-term downtrend, indicating a newly formed negative candlestick pattern. A second bearish flag formation is in progress, marked by a breach of trend support and failed attempts to surpass the 20-day simple moving average. Should the pair break below the April 16 low of 1.0601, analysts foresee the next significant level of interest at 1.0512. A breach of the 1.0601 low would also perpetuate a series of lower highs and lower lows initiated at the close of last year.

Bearish flag formations, a widely recognized technical analysis pattern, indicate a continuation pattern in a downtrend. Characterized by a sharp initial decline followed by consolidation, this pattern signals potential selling opportunities and forewarns of a sustained downward trajectory.

Retail trader data reveals a prevailing net-long sentiment towards EUR/USD, with 61.29% of traders positioned on the long side. While the ratio of long to short traders stands at 1.58 to 1, recent trends indicate a slight increase in net-long positions compared to yesterday and last week, accompanied by a decrease in net-short positions.

In summary, as the Euro grapples with the strengthening US dollar, today’s FOMC decision and subsequent remarks by Chair Jerome Powell hold the key to determining the short-term direction of the EUR/USD pair amidst prevailing bearish signals.

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