Yesterday the Euro surged across the board after the European Central Bank (ECB) disappointed market expectations of significant monetary easing, keeping the main interest rate at 0.05% and only tweaking the deposit rate from -0.20% to -0.30%. The ECB also extended their €60 billion a year Quantitative Easing asset purchase program for an additional six months, to March 2017. Given the struggling Eurozone economy, the markets had expected a substantial increase to the asset purchase program or significant reductions to other ECB interest rates. The lack of any substantial moves by the ECB surprised the markets and the Euro responded with sharp gains against the US Dollar, Pound and other major currencies. EURUSD appreciated from 1.0506 to 1.0981; EURGBP appreciated from 0.7023 to 0.7251 (GBPEUR 1.4239 to 1.3791). The Pound followed the Euro higher against the US Dollar although not to the same extent with GBPUSD moving from a low of 1.4902 to 1.5158.
December 5, 2016 admin