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Credit Agricole: ECB Verbal Intervention May Temporarily Support EUR/USD, But M-Term Outlook Remains Bearish

By eFXdata  —  Apr 19 - 11:00 AM


Credit Agricole suggests that recent verbal interventions by the European Central Bank (ECB), particularly comments by President Christine Lagarde, may provide short-term support to the EUR/USD exchange rate. However, the bank maintains a bearish stance on the currency pair over the medium to long term due to expected policy divergence between the ECB and the Federal Reserve.

Key Points:

  • Recent Market Dynamics: The EUR/USD has shown some consolidation recently amid ongoing evaluations of potential policy divergences between the ECB and the Fed. This comes despite escalating geopolitical tensions in the Middle East that have negatively impacted global risk sentiment.

  • Impact of ECB's Verbal Intervention: ECB President Christine Lagarde's recent remarks highlight concerns about the drop in EUR/USD and its potential to influence the Eurozone's monetary policy through its impact on imported inflation. These comments have been perceived as a form of verbal intervention aimed at stabilizing or propping up the EUR/USD in the near term.

  • Medium to Long-Term Outlook: Despite the potential for short-term stabilization from ECB's verbal cues, Credit Agricole remains strategically bearish on EUR/USD. The expectation is that significant policy divergence between the ECB and the Fed will become more pronounced in the coming months, likely exerting downward pressure on the currency pair.

  • Influence of External Factors: The bank also notes that external geopolitical developments and their influence on global markets could play a role in shaping the trajectory of EUR/USD moving forward.


While the ECB's recent verbal intervention may provide some temporary relief to the EUR/USD, Credit Agricole advises caution, projecting that the currency pair will face downward pressures over the medium to long term due to diverging monetary policies between the Eurozone and the U.S.

Crédit Agricole Research/Market Commentary


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