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FOMC aftermath: Euro can surge to 1.16, reduction in dollar longs – SocGen

FXStreet (Delhi) – Kit Juckes, Research Analyst at Societe Generale, suggests that the Fed’s decision to leave rates on hold was not a surprise to a market positioned that way but the tone was not dollar supportive but the yield differentials are moving in the Euro’s favour and may take us back to 1.16.

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“The tone of the statement and the new lowered ‘dot-path’ (median sees one hike this year, 4 in 2016, 5 in 2017 and 3 in 2018 for a 3.375% Funds rate peak) have dragged Treasury yields lower. That is not dollar-supportive. However, the tone of the message is unlikely to trigger broad-based asset inflation or boost risk sentiment sustainably. We’ll see a further reduction in dollar longs across the board, but I expect those moves to be pretty short-lived.”

“Meanwhile, risk sentiment and volatility now correlate positive with Euro strength so this is a currency pair in a state of flux. However, Euro and a dovish Fed add to pressure for further ECB easing. Could we see a further cut in rates if EUR/USD gets much higher? That said, if the EUR/USD outlook depends more on the ECB than the Fed, the potential downside to EUR/USD is decreasing. The ECB just doesn’t have that much room to drive rates down.”

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