The market approached the main day of the week with an activity absence. There was a sluggish trade before the ECB meeting. Investors were waiting for the new guidelines and stayed away from the large-scale transactions.
Mario Draghi hinted that the Bank was ready to take additional measures to stimulate the economy to increase the inflation in the euro area.
Draghi said the economic recovery and inflation were likely to be under pressure due to slow economic growth in emerging markets. The euro lost 1.8% when Draghi signaled that the ECB could announce the additional measures easing monetary policy launch until the end of the year. The ECB left interest rates unchanged on Thursday, as it was expected.
The EUR/USD remained in the narrow range before the meeting results announcement and sharply fell on the news.
Lack of support from the economic data and increased uncertainty, connected with the Central Bank leading economies monetary policy prospects continued to affect the pair GBP/USD activity. The pound was in the side range the whole day, but closed the session with the a little heavy losses against the US dollar compared to the other majors. The UK economic data have shown that the public sector net borrowings have been the lowest for the last eight years, 8.6 billion pounds against the previous 10.8 billion pounds when it was expected to see 9.1 billion pounds which can signal about the possible government plans to reduce the budget deficit.