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EUR/USD charts bullish outside-day ahead of Draghi speech, focus on inflation differential

  • Euro carved out a bullish outside-day on Wednesday. A close above 1.1388 would validate the bullish candlestick pattern.
  • ECB's Draghi, scheduled to speak at 08:00 GMT, may offer his take on Italy's budget crisis, interest rates, and inflation.
  • Powell's dovish comments would gain credence, leading to an extended sell-off in the USD, if the core personal consumption expenditure, due at 13:30 GMT, prints below estimates.  
The EUR/USD created a bullish outside-day (engulfing) candle on Wednesday as Powell's dovish comments triggered a broad-based sell-off in the USD.

That candlestick pattern indicates the pullback from the recent high of 1.1472 may have ended at 1.1267. A bullish reversal, however, would be confirmed if the pair closes today above the 1.1388 (high of the bullish outside-day).

As of writing, the EUR/USD pair is trading at 1.1387. The short duration charts are biased bearish, as discussed earlier today. Therefore, the probability of the pair finding acceptance above 1.1388 today is high.

That said, the bullish tone may weaken if the European Central Bank (ECB) President Draghi sounds cautious on growth and inflation and puts more emphasis on Italy's budget crisis.

The prospects of bullish outside-day reversal, however, would drop sharply if the preliminary German consumer price index, due for release at 13:00 GMT, shows a bigger-than-expected slowdown in inflation growth while the Fed's preferred measure of inflation - the core PCE - remain at or above 2 percent, contradicting expectations for a drop to 1.9 percent.

The probability of a Fed rate pause in 2019 would rise sharply, sending the dollar lower across the board, if the core PCE prints below estimates. Later in the day, the focus would shift to Fed minutes release.

EUR/USD Technical Levels


    Today Last Price: 1.1384
    Today Daily change: 14 pips
    Today Daily change %: 0.123%
    Today Daily Open: 1.137
    Previous Daily SMA20: 1.1364
    Previous Daily SMA50: 1.1467
    Previous Daily SMA100: 1.1537
    Previous Daily SMA200: 1.1775
    Previous Daily High: 1.1388
    Previous Daily Low: 1.1267
    Previous Weekly High: 1.1473
    Previous Weekly Low: 1.1328
    Previous Monthly High: 1.1625
    Previous Monthly Low: 1.1302
    Previous Daily Fibonacci 38.2%: 1.1342
    Previous Daily Fibonacci 61.8%: 1.1313
    Previous Daily Pivot Point S1: 1.1295
    Previous Daily Pivot Point S2: 1.1221
    Previous Daily Pivot Point S3: 1.1174
    Previous Daily Pivot Point R1: 1.1416
    Previous Daily Pivot Point R2: 1.1462
    Previous Daily Pivot Point R3: 1.1537