After clouds darkened in Brussels and it seemed that the Greek proposals never made it on time to the meeting, there is fresh optimism, as there had already been during the weekend and early in the day. It can be drawn from the absence of the loudest voices, those of Lagarde and Varoufakis from the scene. And it can also be drawn from the optimism heard from other players.
EUR/USD is above the previous double top of 1.1375 and getting closer to 1.14. Here are some updates:
- Juncker says he expects a deal soon
- The Eurogroup sees the Greek proposal as a positive step.
- Stathakis says Greece is rescued.
- Outspoken Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis did not comment – in the past he managed to anger his colleagues.
- IMF MD Christine Lagarde did not talk – the IMF is usually the biggest hurdle within the institutions (formerly the troika) and Lagarde, like Varoufakis, is very blunt, to say the least.
- ECB has raised emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) to banks for a third time in 5 days, and will also convene tomorrow to further enlarge it – the ECB isn’t an obstacle in the negotiations.
- ECB president Mario Draghi and Greek PM Alexis Tsipras meet at 16:00 GMT.
- Contrary to previous rumors, the Leaders’ Summit is NOT cancelled – the heads of state do meet at 17:00 GMT.
- The Athens stock market closed 9% higher, with bank shares at +20%. Also the German DAX close nearly 4% higher and other European markets were also on a roll.This reflects the optimism.
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The recovery high of 1.1460 is critical resistance, and it’s followed by the round level of 1.15. On the downside, 1.1375 still plays a role, followed by 1.1340 and by strong support at 1.1290.
Here is how it looks on the chart:
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