EUR/USD Outlook: 50-Day SMA Establishes Positive Slope Despite Dovish ECB

EUR/USD appears to be under pressure as ECB President Lagarde insists that the rise in Euro Area inflation is “a temporary nature and rely on temporary factors,” with the central bank head going onto say that it’s “unnecessary to debate longer-term issues” amid the uncertainty surrounding the economic outlook.

The comments suggest the ECB is in no rush to switch gears as Lagarde emphasizes that “policymakers needed to provide the right bridge across the pandemic, well into the recovery,” and the Euro may face headwinds ahead of the next meeting on June 10 as the Governing Council “expects purchases under the PEPP (pandemic emergency purchase program) over the current quarter to continue to be conducted at a significantly higher pace than during the first months of the year.”

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Source: ECB

However, the ECB’s consolidated financial statement showed purchases under the PEPP slowing for the second week, with the central bank adding EUR 23.2 billion in the week ending May 14 compared to the EUR 24.6 billion expansion the week prior. A further slowdown in the PEPP may keep EUR/USD afloat as a growing number of Federal Reserve officials brace for a transitory rise in inflation, but a further appreciation in the exchange rate may fuel the tilt in retail sentiment as the crowding behavior from 2020 resurfaces.

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The IG Client Sentiment report shows only 28.73% of traders are currently net-long EUR/USD, with the ratio of traders short to long-standing at 2.48 to 1.

The number of traders net-long is 14.08% lower than yesterday and 18.04% lower from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 11.55% higher than yesterday and 21.34% higher from last week. The decline in net-long position could be a function of profit-taking behavior as EUR/USD appears to be stuck in a narrow range, while the jump in net-short interest has reinforced the tilt in retail sentiment as 28.18% of traders were net-long the pair earlier this week.

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