Will EUR/USD reach 1.10 this week?

ECB More Hawkish Than the FED, EUR/USD Heads for 1.10

Posted Thursday, March 23, 2023 by
Skerdian Meta • 2 min read

EUR/USD saw a sharp reversal last week, which was followed by a 200 pip decline as the banking system crisis contagion spread to Europe and Credit Swiss failed. But Credit Swiss was taken over by the UBS bank, and the spread was contained without much damage, although it’s still a bit early to tell because things are changing so fast nowadays.

Although the damage seems bigger in the US, which has led to the value of the US Dollar dropping significantly this week, causing an increase in EUR/USD . The FED delivered a 25 basis points rate hike yesterday, taking them to 5.25% but investors interpreted that as a “dovish hike” and this has led to a jump in risk assets. Although we saw a reversal in US stock markets in the last few hours of trading.

But the USD didn’t recover much after that against other major currencies, as the sentiment remained dovish for the US Dollar. The FED raised its key interest rate by 25 bps as expected to the 4.75% -5.00% range. The vote was unanimous. In the statement it said that “some additional policy firming may be appropriate”, instead of “ongoing increases in the target range will be appropriate”. This was one of the main dovish lines, with Powell not changing much, including the fact that we might see a last hike to 5.25% in the next meeting.

The European Central Bank (ECB) on the other hand, is growing more confident that the banking system in the Eurozone has managed to withstand the financial turmoil, according to their words. As a result, the ECB may keep raising interest rates in the near future after delivering a 50 bps hike last week.

So, EUR/USD has reversed higher from above the 20 SMA (gray) on the weekly chart, which is acting as support now after providing resistance since 2021. This week’s candlestick looks quite bullish already, after a doji last week, so the bullish reversing pattern continues since October last year. Now the price seems to be targeting 1.10 where the 100 SMA (green) stands, so we will see if buyers can push above that major level and hold, because the last time the price reversed back down pretty fast.

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