Afternoon analysis 29.02.2016:
The EUR/USD falls below 1.09 mark after the eurozone inflation data and reserve requirement ratio cut by the PBOC. The pound remains under pressure regarding the scenario if Brexit. The EUR/PLN falls toward 4.35 level.
Both the pound and euro are under pressure
In the afternoon trading the EUR/USD fell to around 1.0880. The depreciation is mainly caused by lower than expected inflation readings form the euro zone which increases the odds that the ECB will both cut the benchmark and increase the QE during its March 10th meeting.
Additionally People's Bank of China (PBOC) cut its reserve requirement ration (RRR) in late morning. Since that moment the Smp;&P 500 futures contracts rose around 15 points (0.7%). The market seems to regard the Chinese decision as positive. It would lower the risk that the country might experience hard lading with the GDP falling below 6% growth. Moreover it should also be positive for the dollar. In more benign market conditions there are more odds that the Fed would resume its interest rate policy tightening.
Concerning the pound conditions the UK currency is still traded around 7-year lows to the dollar. The cable is under pressure mainly from further comments sent by financial institutions. According to Reuters UBS claims that “sterling could fall to parity with the euro if Britain to leave the European Union in June”.
The Swiss bank also notes that there is “a 40 percent chance to a Brexit”. The scenario for such strong depreciation is “based on the devaluation required to reduce Britain's high – 4.7% percent of GDP – current account deficit back to long-term averages around 2 percent”.
If we translate the UBS analysis directly to the Polish market and assume that the zloty remains stable to the euro the pound, in case of Brexit, would be worth around 4.35 zl. However, it is possible to imagine Brexit but the parity on EUR/GBP is rather a low probability event.
Currently the pound is worth around 1.27 euro. It means that the British currency would have to slide around 22% to its European counterpart. Additionally, at the same time the USD would probably gain to the euro taking into the account that Brexit would also bring some pressure to the euro. Finally the GBP/USD could fall around 25-30% (the sum of weaker pound to the euro and stronger dollar to the European currency) to around 1.00 level, the lowest levels in history.
Such dramatic scenario has a very low probability to materialize. However, the more similar analysis hit the wire the more odds the pound might fall further even before the referendum is concluded. As a result the GBP/USD might be pushed toward 1.35 (30-year lows) in the following weeks.
The zloty is testing 4.35 on the euro
The EUR/PLN fell to around 4.35 in the after. This are the lowest levels since mid-January. The main reason behind euro/zloty fall is weaker European currency on the broader market due to lower CPI reading and increasing odds for further monetary easing by the ECB.
The zloty is also stronger to the forint mainly due to increase risk that the MPC from Budapest would loosen the monetary policy if the ECB decides to push for more easing in the euro area. As a result until the Polish MPC remains reluctant to lower the rates, the zloty should benefit both to the Hungarian and European currency on further monetary policy divergence.
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