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FxWirePro: Hedging Setup of Euro-Denominated Receivables Ahead of ECB
The euro was able to recover slightly yesterday. This was due to the generally more positive market sentiment. This breather is likely to come to an end though, now that there is the risk of renewed escalation in the trade conflict with the US. The US administration has already prepared a list of tariffs which it intends to use against what it considers the EU’s illegal subsidies. Even if these tariffs are going to have the limited overall real economic impact they would nonetheless come at a bad moment, as the eurozone economy is already weakening.
European central bank is scheduled for this week, which is most likely to be unchanged. Any additional headwinds would further dampen the prospect of a rapid recovery and fuel speculation about further ECB measures. The euro is likely to continue struggling in this environment.
Hedge EUR-denominated income via risk reversals (RRs): Mild positive shift in risk reversal set-up and the bearish neutral RRs of all euro crosses (except EURGBP) across all tenors have still been signaling downside risks amid abrupt upswings.
We cannot afford to isolate hedging sentiment with this tool alone, this is evident while observing the 3m positively skewed IVs of EURJPY & EURUSD that are in line with the above-stated bearish scenarios. Skews stretched towards OTM put strikes signifies hedgers interest in the further bearish risks.
We see potential further USD strength and limited risk of significant USD weakening in the short-run, and notably, our EURUSD forecast is now running close to forwards on all horizons (vs previously above) and across tenors. Courtesy: Sentrix & Saxo
Currency Strength Index: FxWirePro's hourly EUR spot index is inching towards 42 levels (which is mildly bullish), GBP is at -102 (highly bearish) while articulating (at 10:39 GMT).
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