Euro welcomes ECB QE exit talks
EURUSD has appreciated marginally yesterday, with the bias remains intact on Wednesday. The latest rise in the single currency could be attributed to some relief in Italy as the new Prime Minister Conte highlighted that his country has no plans to leave the euro zone.
The additional upside pressure came amid ECB exit talk. It was reported that the could discuss the end of its quantitative easing program during the next policy meeting next week. Some hawkish comments by ECB members added to bullishness today. In particular, Hansson said higher rates are possible before mid-2019, while Bundesbank head Jens Weidmann expressed hope that to gradually return to levels compatible with target.
Against this backdrop, EURUSD jumped to May 23 highs around the 1.1760 area and is attempting to derail the 20-DMA. ECB hopes may drive the pair further north in the short term, but considering the dismal economic numbers from euro area this year, there are no significant arguments for a more aggressive approach to ECB policy normalization. As such, rising expectations on this front may play against the euro bulls eventually as the will hardly sent a clear hawkish signal to the markets during the upcoming meeting.