EUR/USD: What Is The Trade Ahead Of Next Week's ECB? - Credit Agricole

Credit Agricole CIB Research discusses the possible outcome of the October ECB policy meeting, in which the central bank is expected to announce details of its QE extension on 26 October.
"We think that the Governing Council should keep the short end of the EGB curve firmly anchored, while the reduced asset purchases could propel the long end higher against the backdrop of a still-vigorous Eurozone recovery. 

Ahead of the ECB meeting, the Eurozone money markets seem to have largely priced in the prospect of very low policy rates well beyond 2018. At the same time, the levels of long-term EGB yields do not seem to reflect the prospect of reduced ECB purchases from here.
Thus, we see scope for further steepening of the EGB yield curves and renewed EUR upside, especially if short-term Eurozone rates remain relatively stable," CACIB argues. 
In line with this view, CACIB remains of the view that the EUR is a buy on dips ahead next week’s policy announcement and maintains long EUR/USD and EUR/CHF positions in its FX model portfolio targeting 1.22, and 1.18 respectively.