EUR and GBP outlook this week

In Europe, the main focus will be on the preliminary estimate of Eurozone Q4 2013 GDP data which is likely to post a gain of 0.2% QoQ as most countries in the Eurozone are set to have recorded positive growth over the quarter. EUR traded more positively at the end of last week but looks like it will struggle to retain gains versus USD above its 100 day moving average around 1.3608.

Markets will also digest the decision by the German Constitutional Court to effectively defer a decision on Outright Monetary Purchases by the European Central Bank to the European Court of Justice. Although there will be some caution ahead of the March 18 final decision on OMT, EUR will find some, albeit limited relief as it seems less likely that the European Court will strike it down.

In the UK the Bank of England Quarterly Inflation Report will reveal an upward revision to growth forecasts but downward revisions to inflation and importantly an adjustment of forward guidance to a broader range of indicators rather than just unemployment. Indeed, as in the US the BoE will not give the impression that they are about to raise policy rates given the sharp fall in the unemployment rate. GBP/USD will be range bound ahead of the release of the QIR, with gains likely gapped around 1.6471.

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