ECB Cuts Rate to 1.25%, Papandreou Calls Off Referendum, SPY Testing Ceiling Resistance Again

The market is rallying on stimulative news out of Europe today. First, the ECB lowered rates by 25 basis points, which was kind of expected given the recession fears and austerity measures. In other big news, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou called off the referendum vote on the EU bailout plan, so that uncertainty is off the table now (right?). From the New York Times:
"After a tumultuous day of political gamesmanship, Prime Minister George Papandreou called off his plan to hold a referendum on Greece’s new loan deal with the European Union, withdrew his previous offers to resign and opened talks on a unity government with his conservative opponents."

EUR/USD is up 0.92% at 1.38233 on the news and SPY (S&P ETF) is up 1.49% at 125.83. SPY is testing ceiling resistance again and is trading in a range between the 50 and 200 day moving average (red and blue lines). It is also fighting a downtrend (lower highs) as you can see, so SPY is at critical resistance levels to watch. EUR/USD ceiling resistance is around 1.40. Jefferies Group (JEF) was down 20% at one point today on European sovereign debt fears, but now it's up 1%!. All good there? All eyes are on the employment report tomorrow. ADP reported that private-sector payrolls in the U.S. rose by 110,000 in October.

ECB Statement:
"3 November 2011 - Monetary policy decisions

At today’s meeting the Governing Council of the ECB took the following monetary policy decisions:

The interest rate on the main refinancing operations of the Eurosystem will be decreased by 25 basis points to 1.25%, starting from the operation to be settled on 9 November 2011.

The interest rate on the marginal lending facility will be decreased by 25 basis points to 2.00%, with effect from 9 November 2011.

The interest rate on the deposit facility will be decreased by 25 basis points to 0.50%, with effect from 9 November 2011.

The President of the ECB will comment on the considerations underlying these decisions at a press conference starting at 2.30 p.m. CET today."

And here's the introduction by ECB President Mario Draghi at the press conference. Read the full text at Or watch the press conference video at
"Based on its regular economic and monetary analyses, the Governing Council decided to reduce the key ECB interest rates by 25 basis points. While inflation has remained elevated and is likely to stay above 2% for some months to come, inflation rates are expected to decline further in the course of 2012 to below 2%. At the same time, the underlying pace of monetary expansion continues to be moderate. After today’s decision, inflation should remain in line with price stability over the policy-relevant horizon. Owing to their unfavourable effects on financing conditions and confidence, the ongoing tensions in financial markets are likely to dampen the pace of economic growth in the euro area in the second half of this year and beyond. The economic outlook continues to be subject to particularly high uncertainty and intensified downside risks. Some of these risks have been materialising, which makes a significant downward revision to forecasts and projections for average real GDP growth in 2012 very likely. In such an environment, price, cost and wage pressures in the euro area should also moderate; today’s decision takes this into account. Overall, it remains essential for monetary policy to maintain price stability over the medium term, thereby ensuring a firm anchoring of inflation expectations in the euro area in line with our aim of maintaining inflation rates below, but close to, 2% over the medium term. Such anchoring is a prerequisite for monetary policy to make its contribution towards supporting economic growth and job creation in the euro area. [continue reading]

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