Eurozone growth revised up to 2-year high

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The central bank will continue to buy €60bn of bonds, including government debt, each month until at least the end of the year.

"Still, we remain strategic buyers of dips and would reload below 1.10." said Mark McCormick of TD Securities. "A very substantial degree of stimulus is still needed" to support the economy.

The Euro has been tight against the Pound and US Dollar today, ahead of a major Eurozone announcement. An expectation, said Mr Draghi, is not the same as a promise.

Bill Merz, director of fixed income at U.S. Bancorp Wealth Management, said the European Central Bank is taking "a page from the playbook" by the Federal Reserve. "There's no appetite to risk choking off the growth that the economy has been seeing of late".

The change in the assessment of risks for the economy sets the scene for the European Central Bank to start a discussion about the timing for the removal of the stimulus, though the tone of Draghi's appearance suggests officials aren't yet ready for such a debate.

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The ECB also maintained its pledge to increase its asset purchases if necessary. However, he added that the inflation levels would need to show further upwards movement before the euro would see a significant uptick.

Stable economic growth, increasing money supply and recovering loan growth indicate that monetary easing policies have been working in the eurozone.

All this comes after Eurozone GDP was revised up, expanding by 1.9% year-over-year, the fastest growth since the fourth quarter of 2015.

Sterling traded near a two-week high in early trade this morning, supported by expectations that United Kingdom prime minister Theresa May's party will win a majority in Britain's general election. The ECB chief is expected to say that the risks to the euro area's recovery are now balanced, and investors will be listening for any signal on when a decision to unwind stimulus might be taken.

The size of the ECB's stimulus "looks increasingly out of line with the economic backdrop", said Ken Wattret, an economist with TS Lombard in London.

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Indeed, the European Central Bank bumped its projections for euro area GDP growth in 2017, 2018 and 2019 by one tenth of a percentage point in comparison to the projections it made in March, to 1.9%, 1.8% and 1.7%, respectively.

While Draghi emphasized that the deteriorating inflation outlook was due to movements in price for food and oil, "it is hard for markets to contemplate tighter monetary policy next year with this forecast", said Claus Vistesen, chief eurozone economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, in a note.

That downgrade underscores the continuing fragility in the region's economy.

"We have evidence that many of these new jobs are so-called low-quality jobs, where we're talking about temporary employment, we're talking about part-time employment". Asian stocks benchmarks were mostly edging Thursday as investors parsed economic data and awaited market-moving. The program is now due to last at least through December.

"To me, the risk for the euro is tilted toward the upside, given that the market already traded yesterday based on a dovish image (of the ECB)", said Satoshi Okagawa, senior global markets analyst for Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in Singapore.

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