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Weak Oil vs dovish Draghi for EUR/NOK – Rabobank

FXStreet (Barcelona) - Jane Foley, Senior Currency Strategist at Rabobank notes that weaker oil is leading EUR/NOK higher but dovish ECB statements may hinder the upside.

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“The economic difficulties that are presenting themselves in Norway make clear why the PM last year suggested that she would welcome a weaker NOK. However, unlike much of the rest of Europe, Norway is not suffering from deflationary risks.“

“Norway’s unemployment rate is at a enviably low level of 3.7% and the central bank is expecting that wage inflation will continue to grow at a rate of 3% to 4%.”

“Currently underlying inflation is 2.5% in line with the Norges bank’s target and inflation expectations are reported to be well balanced. This suggests that the Norges Bank has little room of another interest rate cut; at least in the coming months.”

“While weaker oil prices in recent weeks have led EUR/NOK higher, the aggressively dovish comments from ECB President Draghi recently could hinder further upside potential.”

“We expect EUR/NOK to hold mostly within an 8.40 to 8.50 range in the coming months.”

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