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Chief Analyst at Danske Bank Christin Tuxen recommended buying the pair on occasional drops to the 1.1500 area.

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“While the ECB’s inflation confidence helped lift EUR crosses yesterday, we stress that it is still a little too early for the FX market to discount an end to negative rates, which will be key for delivering more broad-based EUR strength”.

“We still see a risk that USD strength will linger in H2 due to the prospect of relative rates moving in favour of the greenback and trade woes and emerging markets worries weighing still”.

“However, we are less worried about Italy-led risks near term, so the potential for a significant dip in EUR/USD near term is smaller than we previously expected and dips below 1.15 should be bought into”.

“The key trigger for EUR/USD to invoke a more sustained uptrend remains a turn in capital flows and it is likely these will not be triggered until the market senses that the ECB is growing ever more confident in initiating a hiking cycle (not likely until H1 19). Hence, in our view, it is still too early for a sustained EUR uptrend driven by the ECB”.

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