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Strong Shift In Risk Sentiment, ECB Up Next

There has been a significant rebound in risk sentiment with equities once again surging. The tech heavy Nasdaq index rose by 2.7%, the S&P 500 did so over 2% and this gloomier vibes were also seen in European stocks ahead of today's ECB policy meeting. 

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Scan Of The Markets

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There has been a significant rebound in risk sentiment with equities once again surging. The tech heavy Nasdaq index rose by 2.7%, the S&P 500 did so over 2% and this gloomier vibes were also seen in European stocks ahead of today’s ECB policy meeting.

As a result of the improved sentiment, the currencies that did well in the recent stampede of selling pressure (USD, JPY) went downhill on Wednesday. The AUD, CHF, CAD topped the leaders’ board while the GBP, amid renewed Brexit fears, is still going through a rough patch.

A headline that re-ignited the kicking of the ‘risk-on’ into a higher gear came courtesy of Bloomberg early in the US session, reporting that “some governing council members had become more confident in their forecasts for the region’s economic recovery.”

This headline also assisted the Euro to regain fortitude from what had been a poor performance until then. Besides, it was suggested that such council members’ opinions will lead to projections for GDP and inflation to be revised ever so slightly, hence the need for an immediate increase in QE may not be in store for this meeting.

As a reminder, on the lead up to today’s ECB meeting, the expectations had been for the ECB to retain a firmly dovish stance. The comments leaked by Bloomberg, therefore, reduce the chances of a dovish surprise in today’s policy meeting. An increase in stimulus at the December meeting had been an outcome highly anticipated.

The CAD was a clear winner too not just as a result of ‘risk-on’ but on the back of the BoC meeting, which stood pat on rates and refrained from its intentions to take on further QE measures while sounding more constructive about the recovery by noting “the bounce-back in activity in the third quarter looks to be faster than anticipated in July”.

When it comes to the next course of action by the BOC, the prospect for further easing look stronger than for another rate cut after noting. “This QE program will continue until the recovery is well underway and will be calibrated to provide the monetary policy stimulus needed to support the recovery and achieve the inflation objective”.

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For traders actively monitoring the London session, several opportunities in risk-linked instruments popped up. In the illustration below, a 15m long trade in CAD/JPY based on what I refer to as a TT pattern (Trapped Traders) was made available. What’s important to highlight here is the pivotal point in the daily chart this pattern occurred at, making it a solid long trade off a key decision point.

Insights Into Market Studies

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Important Footnotes


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