European morning wrap: Draghi gives euro bears a bloody nose

Author: Gerry Davies | Category: News
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There was the pre-Draghi market and the post Draghi market.

EUR/USD stood around 1.2130/35, effectively unchanged on the day , when comments from the ECB  head honcho hit the wires.  The EUR/USD rally started off slowly enough,  but gathered pace when buy stops were tripped through 1.2175 initially and then more through 1.2230.  We’ve been as high as 1.2288, presently at 1.2275.

The euro bears have been given a severe bloody nose.  But will it prove a knock-out blow?  I’d be surprised if it were, but the bears will probably need a while to clear their heads.

USD/JPY hardly moved on the day, about 10 pips firmer from when I arrived, presently at 78.18.  Buy orders seen 78.00/05 (said to include semi-official interest), sell stops through 78.00 and 77.90.  Sell orders clustered 78.40/60, buy stops above there.

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