OANDA Market Insights podcast (episode 24)

OANDA Senior Market Analyst Craig Erlam reviews the week’s business and market news with Jazz FM Business Breakfast presenter Jonny Hart.

This week’s big stories: Trump attacks Fed over rate rise, UK inflation figures hit sterling, Barnier dismisses Brexit white paper , Google fined record sum.

USD Weaker After Trump Interest Rate Comments

Canada: Inflation Hit Six-Year-Plus High

Dollar Rally Ends With Trump Monetary Policy and Currency War Comments

 

Dollar Rally Ends With Trump Monetary Policy and Currency War Comments

The USD fell against major pairs on Friday after US President Donald Trump tweeted that China and the EU manipulate their currency. Trade war escalation has reached a second phase at a time when American politics are having an identity crisis with the ongoing Russian interference during the 2016 elections. Steven Mnuchin will head to Buenos Aires to take part in the finance ministers G20 meeting with trade and monetary policies sure to be a topic of discussion. The European Central Bank (ECB) will announce its main refinancing rate on Thursday, July 26 at 7:45 am EDT with little expectations of a change. ECB President Mario Draghi will host a press conference at 8:30 am EDT with the market focused on his comments for insights into the monetary policy of the central bank.

  • US President worried about Fed’s monetary policy triggers currency war
  • European Central Bank meeting anticipated to be a quiet affair
  • Canadian inflation and retail sales beat expectations

EUR Rises Ahead of ECB as Currency War Concerns Rise

The EUR/USD gained 0.28 percent in the last week. The single currency is trading at 1.1717 after a volatile week is over. The EUR rose 0.73 percent on Friday as Trump’s comments on currency manipulation hit the newswires. The US dollar had fallen on Thursday after President Trump criticized the U.S. Federal Reserve for raising rates and eroding the competitiveness of American products.



In an interview with CNBC the US President said he was not thrilled with the path of interest rates, although he did mention that he would let them do what they feel is best. Earlier in the week Fed Chair Powell testified before the Senate Banking Committee and the House Financial Services Committee side-stepping any comments on trade spats.

The U.S. Federal Reserve has hiked two times already in 2018 leaving the benchmark rate at 175 to 200 basis points. The CME FedWatch tool shows a 86.9 percent chance of a September rate hike and 53.9 percent of a follow up in December. Both sets of probabilities where higher on Wednesday before Trump’s comments were released.

The economic calendar will not feature a large number of North American indicators with the main standout being the release of the first estimate of the US GDP data on Friday, July 27. Analysts forecast a rise of 4.1 percent and could serve as an antidote to Trump’s tweets. The European Central Bank (ECB) will feature on Thursday, but there is little expectation that new guidance will be provided after the June monetary policy meeting.

Loonie Higher on Strong Retail Sales and Inflation Data

The Canadian dollar rose on Friday after the release of retail sales and inflation data. The USD/CAD DROPPED 0.05 percent on a weekly basis. The currency pair is trading at 1.3146 after Canadian retail sales surprised with a 2 percent rise to a seven month high boosted by auto and gasoline sales on Friday. Inflation rose 2.5 on an annual basis in June also impacted by higher gasoline prices. The economic indicators validate the decision of the Bank of Canada (BoC) earlier this month to hike rates by 25 basis points and could further pressure the central bank to lift rates higher despite growing geopolitical headwinds.


Canadian dollar weekly graph July 16, 2018

The US dollar has been on a downward trend since President Trump issued some sharp criticism on the U.S. Federal Reserve monetary policy. The comments took the market by surprise as talking about the currency is not usually the job of the President, but rather the Treasury Secretary. The statements will most likely be discussed as the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires kicks off.

The US President continued to tweet about the unfair strength of the greenback which responded by falling more than 1 percent against the Canadian dollar.

Oil prices recovered from losses earlier in the week but West Texas Intermediate will finish below $70 after concerns about the increase in supply outstripping rising demand.

The GBP/USD dropped 0.76 percent in the last five days. The currency pari is trading at 1.3133 with political headwinds keeping the pound under pressure. The confusing Brexit strategy from the UK government could end up costing Prime Minister May her job as she scrambles to call an early summer recess to avoid challenge to her leadership.



The Bank of England (BoE) held rates unchanged in June, but there were three dissenters. The economic data could support an August rate hike by the central bank, but the question now is will MPC vote for higher rates holding to its mandate, but with a high possibility that Brexit negotiations once again threaten the growth of the UK economy and the reverse action is needed. The market still believes in an August rate hike, but the GBP will continue under pressure from political uncertainty at home and abroad.

Market events to watch this week:

Tuesday, July 24
9:30pm AUD CPI q/q
Wednesday, July 25
10:30am USD Crude Oil Inventories
Thursday, July 26
7:45am EUR Main Refinancing Rate
8:30am EUR ECB Press Conference
8:30am USD Core Durable Goods Orders m/m
Friday, July 27
8:30am USD Advance GDP q/q

*All times EDT
For a complete list of scheduled events in the forex market visit the MarketPulse Economic Calendar

Canada: Inflation Hit Six-Year-Plus High

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 2.5% on a year-over-year basis in June, following a 2.2% increase in May. This is the largest year-over-year increase in the CPI since February 2012.

This month’s year-over-year CPI increase follows a year of gradual acceleration in consumer price inflation, from a recent low of 1.0% year over year in June 2017. This trend reflects increases in prices for gasoline and food purchased from restaurants, as well as offsetting factors such as lower price inflation for electricity and telephone services. These movements coincide with recent improvements in the economy and the labour market, as well as an increase in oil prices.

Component highlights

Seven of eight major components rose year over year. The transportation index (+6.6%) was the largest contributor to the year-over-year increase, while the household operations, furnishings and equipment index (-0.1%) was the lone major component to decline.

Energy costs were 12.4% higher compared with June 2017, after increasing 11.6% year over year in May. Year-over-year gains in prices for gasoline (+24.6%) and fuel oil and other fuels (+25.9%) were larger in June than in May, as sustained increases in crude oil prices and exchange rate pressures continued to impact consumer prices. Prices for durable goods rose 0.6% year over year, led by growth in the purchase of passenger vehicles index (+1.8%). This gain is attributable to lower rebates on 2019 model-year vehicles.

Year-over-year gains in the price of services were lower in June (+2.2%) than in May (+2.3%), moderating the growth in the CPI. Prices for telephone services (-8.8%) continued to decline year over year, amid a series of industry-wide price promotions. Consumers paid 8.4% less for travel tours compared with June 2017. The homeowners’ replacement cost index increased less on a year-over-year basis in June (+1.4%) than in May (+2.0%).

Regional highlights

Prices rose more in six provinces in June on a year-over-year basis compared with the previous month. This growth was strongest in Prince Edward Island, where prices increased 2.9%.

The CPI in Newfoundland and Labrador rose 2.3% in June. Gasoline prices were up 16.5% in the 12 months to June after increasing 5.5% the previous month.

Seasonally adjusted monthly Consumer Price Index

On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, the CPI rose 0.1% in June, matching the increase in May. Six of eight major components increased, while the household operations, furnishings and equipment index (-0.3%) and the recreation, education and reading index (-0.6%) both declined.

StatsCanada

Canada: Retail trade, May 2018

Retail sales increased 2.0% in May to $50.8 billion, following a 0.9% decline in April. Sales rose in 8 of 11 subsectors, representing 70% of retail trade.

Higher sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers and at gasoline stations were the main contributors to the gain in May. Excluding these two subsectors, retail sales were up 0.9%.

After removing the effects of price changes, retail sales in volume terms increased 2.0%.

Sales rebound in several subsectors

Sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers (+3.7%) made almost a full rebound following a 3.8% decline in April, which had unseasonably cool temperatures and inclement weather in many parts of the country.

Receipts at gasoline stations (+4.3%) were up for the second month in a row, partially reflecting higher prices at the pump. Sales in volume terms at gasoline stations rose 2.7%.

General merchandise stores (+3.2%), building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers (+5.4%) and clothing and clothing accessories stores (+2.8%) also contributed to the gain. Increases in each of these subsectors more than offset the declines that had been reported in April.

Food and beverage stores (-2.1%) posted a sales decline for the fourth time in five months. The decrease in May was primarily due to lower sales at supermarkets and other grocery stores (-3.1%).

According to the Retail Commodity Survey, 20.6% of food sales took place at general merchandise stores in the first quarter of 2018 compared with 19.1% in 2017. During the same period, 75.1% of food sales came from the food and beverage stores subsector, down from 76.5% in 2017.

Higher sales in seven provinces, led by Ontario and Quebec

Seven provinces reported higher sales in May, with Ontario and Quebec more than offsetting their declines from April.

Sales in Ontario (+2.6%) increased for the fourth time in five months. Higher sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers accounted for the majority of the increase in May. Sales in the Toronto census metropolitan area (CMA) were up 1.4%.

In Quebec, sales increased 3.0%, following a 2.6% decline in April. Sales were up 1.4% in the Montréal CMA.

E-commerce sales by Canadian retailers

The figures in this section are based on unadjusted (that is, not seasonally adjusted) estimates.

On an unadjusted basis, retail e-commerce sales totalled $1.4 billion, representing 2.5% of total retail trade. On a year-over-year basis, retail e-commerce rose 16.9%, while total unadjusted sales increased 5.5%.

StatsCanada

GBP/USD – British pound higher despite higher UK deficit

The British pound has steadied on Friday, after posting losses for most of the week. In the North American session, the pair is trading at 1.3067, up 0.42% on the day. On the release front, Britain’s debt widened to GBP 4.5 billion, higher than the estimate of GBP 3.6 billion. There are no U.S indicators on the schedule.

Soft British indicators this week have weighed on the pound, which has declined 1.2% this week. Employment data was weaker than expected on Tuesday, and this was followed by a soft CPI release a day later. On Thursday, retail sales declined 0.5%, surprising the markets which had expected a gain of 0.1%. This marked the first decline since March. The weak numbers have dampened expectations that the BoE will raise interest rates at its August meeting. With the May government continuing to squabble over Brexit and negotiations with the EU at a standstill, the pound could face further headwinds and drop under the symbolic 1.30 level.

The tariff slugfest between the U.S and its major trading partners has raised serious concerns not just with investors, but with Federal Reserve policymakers as well. The Federal Reserve Beige Book for July, released on Wednesday, was rife with references to ‘tariffs’. This trend started in the April Beige Book after President Trump threatened in March to impose tariffs on China. Most of the twelve Fed regional districts referred to tariffs in their individual reports, which make up the Beige Book. Some Fed policymakers have also voiced their concern over the impact that tariffs could have on the U.S economy and is an issue the Fed will have to take into consideration, as it mulls over rate policy for the next six months.

  Yuan’s fall extends to a fourth straight day

 

GBP/USD Fundamentals

Friday (July 20)

  • 4:30 British Public Sector Net Borrowing. Estimate 4.5B. Actual 3.6B

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

 

GBP/USD for Friday, July 20, 2018

GBP/USD July 20 at 8:50 DST

Open: 1.3013 High: 1.3070 Low: 1.2995 Close: 1.3062

 

GBP/USD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.2706 1.2852 1.2996 1.3088 1.3186 1.3263

GBP/USD showed limited movement in the Asian and European sessions. The pair has edged higher in North American trade

  • 1.2996 was tested earlier in support
  • 1.3088 is under pressure in resistance, following gains by GBP/USD on Friday
  • Current range: 1.2996 to 1.3088

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.2996, 1.2852 and 1.2706
  • Above: 1.3088, 1.3186, 1.3263 and 1.3494

South African reserve bank leaves repo rate unchanged at 6.5%

South Africa’s central bank kept its benchmark repo rate unchanged at 6.5 percent in a unanimous decision by members of the Monetary Policy Committee on Thursday, saying risks to inflation cited at previous meetings had begun to materialize.

All 25 economists surveyed by Reuters had predicted the repo rate would stay on hold.

“While headline inflation is comfortably within the inflation target band, indications are that we have passed the low point of the current cycle,” Governor Lesetja Kganyago told a news conference, citing the tariff war between the United States and China as well as higher global oil prices as the main dangers to inflation.

On Wednesday data showed headline consumer inflation quickened to 4.6 percent year-on-year in June, further away from March’s 7-year low but well within the central bank’s target of between 3 and 6 percent.

All 25 economists surveyed by Reuters had predicted the repo rate would stay on hold.

The bank said the weakening currency as global financial conditions tightened, as the Federal Reserve raised lending rates and lowered it’s global bond buying program.

The bank also cut its growth forecast for 2018 to 1.2 percent from 1.7 percent, saying conditions were challenging and would be constrained in the near term by weak consumer spending linked to the recent increase to value added tax and unemployment which is near record levels.

“The domestic economic growth outlook for this year is weaker than we expected in May, Kganyago said.

The continent’s most industrialised economy suffered its worst quarterly contraction in nine years in the first quarter, and consequent data has been mixed, cooling investors enthusiasm over President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ability to deliver long term growth.

Canada: ADP National Employment Falls

Employment in Canada decreased by 10,500 jobs from May to June according to the June ADP® Canada National Employment Report. Broadly distributed to the public each month, free of charge, the ADP Canada National Employment Report is produced by the ADP Research Institute®. The report, which is derived from actual ADP payroll data, measures the change in total nonfarm payroll employment each month on a seasonally-adjusted basis.

Industry Snapshot:

– Goods Producing:

Manufacturing 1,800
Construction -5,600
Natural Resources and Mining 1,300

– Service Providing:

Trade/Transportation and Utilities -7,900
Information -2,400
Finance/Real Estate -4,300
Professional/Business Services 3,200
– Professional/Technical 2,400
– Management of Companies -800
– Administrative and Support 1,600
Education & Health Care 1,600
– Educational Services 3,900
– Health Care -2,300
Leisure and Hospitality 2,300
Other Services2 -500

“We saw a significant dip in job growth in Canada for the month of June,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and co-head of the ADP Research Institute. “This decline likely reflects the impact of regulations on mortgage financing and a slowdown in consumer spending.”

The May total of jobs added was revised up from 2,900 to 27,800.

The July 2018 ADP Canada National Employment Report will be released at 8:30a.m.ET on August 16, 2018.

Newswire

BoE hike still priced in despite worrying UK data

GBP bounces back after data driven selling

European markets are trading in the red early in the session on Thursday, with the FTSE 100 the only major index in the green, supported by weakness in the pound after the release of some more disappointing data for the UK.

The UK retail sales data this morning may have dealt another major blow to the Bank of England’s hopes of raising interest rates in August, bringing an end to what has likely been a very frustrating week for policy makers. In recent weeks it has appeared that the Monetary Policy Committee had once again come around to the idea that raising interest rates in August is appropriate after plans in May were derailed by a frustratingly weak first quarter, something policy makers appeared to have correctly assumed would prove to be a temporary lull.

The data this week may have thrown another spanner in the works, with labour market figures showing a tight labour market by uninspiring wage growth, core inflation falling below 2% and now modest retail sales growth in what was expected to be a stellar month. This is clearly not the platform policy makers were hoping for when preparing investors for a rate hike but they may still seize the opportunity before it’s taken away from them for a prolonged period.

DAX takes pause from recent gains

Traders still convinced of rate hike despite week of bad releases

There may well be a strong feeling in the MPC that the central bank should have pushed ahead with a hike in May and stood by its belief that weather had a negative but temporary impact on the economy which would have given it the freedom to be patient through the rest of the year. Instead, it now finds itself in a position were the most recent data hasn’t been great and Brexit talks are not progressing as hoped, meaning it would make far more sense to hold off until November, something that would likely result in another backlash against the policy of forward guidance.

UK Interest Rate Probability

Source – Thomson Reuters Eikon

While holding off would make sense, there is clearly a view in the markets that this will not happen and the central bank may stick to plans to hike in two weeks. Despite numerous setbacks this week, a hike is still currently 68% priced in and after initial selling, the pound is showing some resilience and holding above 1.30 against the dollar. It seems traders are awaiting any hint from the BoE that plans have been put on hold again, at which point the resilience will likely break and possibly aggressively.

GBPUSD Daily Chart

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US earnings, data and Fed speakers eyed

Over in the US, futures are tracking the majority of Europe lower, with the major indices currently seen opening around a tenth of one percent lower. This comes after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell once again gave an upbeat assessment of the economy on Wednesday, in his appearance in front of the House Financial Services Committee. With the Fed on a quite clear and consistent course on interest rates, there wasn’t a huge amount learned in either appearance that we already didn’t know.

‘Footy’ dented U.K retail sales and pounds sterling

Today it’s looking a little quiet for the US. There are a couple of pieces of data that traders will be looking out for ahead of the open – Philly Fed manufacturing index and jobless claims – and we’ll also hear from Powell’s colleague at the Fed, Randal Quarles. With the season now up and running, there’ll also be a big focus on US earnings with 21 companies reporting including Microsoft and BNY Mellon.

Economic Calendar

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

‘Footy’ dented U.K retail sales and pounds sterling

Thursday July 19: Five things the markets are talking about

Yesterday, the dollar retreated from a three-week high as the market cashed in on gains the currency made after two days of testimony by U.S Fed Chair Powell reinforced a strong economic outlook.

In congressional testimony on Tuesday and Wednesday Powell said he believed the U.S was on course for years more of “steady growth,” and played down the risks to the U.S economy of an escalating trade conflict. He also noted that the U.S economy “may not yet have reached full employment,” while also noting that risks to domestic inflation forecasts were “roughly balanced.”

Ten-year U.S Treasury yields touched a three-week high after his comments, while this morning, the dollar is extending this week’s gains, further weighing on EM assets, while China’s yuan deepens its losses.

Elsewhere, stocks are edging higher in Europe after a mixed Asia session, while oil retraces some of yesterday’s gain as the market assesses global conflicting supply-and-demand signals. Gold prices are again under pressure for a fifth straight session.

On tap: Initial U.S. jobless claims for the week ended July 14, the Philadelphia Fed Business Outlook Survey and the Conference Board’s U.S. Leading Index (08:30 am EDT).

1. Stocks mixed sessions

In Japan, the Nikkei snapped a four-day winning streak overnight as investors booked profits. The weakness in tourism related equities offset gains in oil names and machinery makers. The Nikkei closed trade -0.1% lower, in line with the broader Topix.

Down-under, Aussie stocks edged higher overnight, helped by buying in financials and material firms. The S&P/ASX 200 index closed +0.3% higher, after having climbed +0.7% yesterday. In S. Korea, the Kospi index and the won both weakened overnight over lingering concerns raised by trade tensions. The index was down -0.34%.

In Hong Kong and China, equities fell on a weaker yuan. The currency (¥6.7066) has dropped to a 12-month low outright after news that Beijing plans to step up monetary easing measures. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index fell -0.2%, while the China Enterprises Index lost -0.1%. In Shanghai, the blue-chip CSI300 index fell -0.1%, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost -0.5%.

In Europe, regional bourses trade mostly lower across the board led by the French CAC and German DAX. The FTSE is outperforming on the continued weakness in the pound (£1.3004).

U.S stocks are set to open in the ‘red’ (-0.2%).

Indices: Stoxx600 -0.1% at 386.5, FTSE +0.2% at 7689, DAX -0.4% at 12716, CAC-40 -0.4% at 5425, IBEX-35 -0.1% at 9743, FTSE MIB -0.2% at 21,929, SMI +0.2% at 8951, S&P 500 Futures -0.2%

2. Oil prices fall on record output and stock build, gold lower

Oil prices remain under pressure after official U.S data yesterday showed an unexpected rise in crude stockpiles – U.S output hit a record high and major oil exporters increased production.

International crude oil benchmark Brent is down -40c at -$72.50 a barrel, while U.S light crude is -20c lower at +$68.56.

Brent has fallen almost -9% from last week’s high above +$79 on emerging evidence of higher production from Saudi Arabia and other members of the OPEC as well as Russia and the U.S.

Note: The EIA indicated yesterday that U.S crude production had reached +11M bpd for the first time – the U.S has added nearly +1M bpd in production since November, thanks to rapid increases in shale drilling.

Ahead of the U.S open, gold has extended its fall to a one-year low overnight as the ‘big’ dollar firmed after the Fed asserted the need for further interest rate hikes amid a strong economy. Spot gold is down -0.2% at +$1,223.56 an ounce. The yellow metal slipped to its lowest since July 2017 at +$1,220.41 an ounce earlier in the session. U.S gold futures for August delivery are -0.4% lower at +$1,223.20 an ounce.

3. U.S bill yields back up

This week has seen U.S three-month T-bill yields back up above the +2% mark for the first time since June 2008, just before the global financial crisis erupted in earnest.

Higher yields reflect anticipated further Fed hikes. Currently, there is a +90% probability of another +25 bps increase, to +2%-2.25%, at the Sept. 25-26 meeting of the FOMC. A further hike, to +2.25%-2.50%, has about a +65% chance.

Elsewhere, the yield on 10-year Treasuries has increased +2 bps to +2.89%, the highest in almost four weeks. In Germany, the 10-year Bund yield has advanced +1 bps to +0.35%. In the U.K, the 10-year Gilt yield has climbed +2 bps to +1.226%, the largest increase in more than a week.

4. Chinese yuan hits a 12-month low

Overnight, the Chinese yuan (¥6.7066) has managed to print new lows not seen since last July, and the gap between onshore and offshore rates continues to widen, suggesting greater pessimism in the market.

To date, the yuan has been hurt by a worsening trade conflict between the U.S. and China, and on expectations that the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) will ease monetary policy further, while the Fed is likely to keep raising borrowing costs.

Elsewhere, sterling has dropped below the psychological £1.30 outright after U.K retail sales data disappointed (see below) and EUR/GBP has rallied to a four-month high of €0.8941.

The Bank of England (BoE) is expected to raise interest rates on Aug. 2, but weaker economic data may make it harder for them to do so.

Note: There is a +£2B option with a strike price of £1.3000 expiring later today.

5. ‘Footy’ dented retail U.K sales

Data this morning from the ONS showed that U.K. retail sales declined in June, as Britons chose to watch the soccer World Cup rather than shop.

Sales in June declined -0.5% compared with May, dragged lower by fall in sales of clothing and footwear – retailers are blaming the tournament. However, food stores had a better month, with sales rising +0.1% compared with May, reflecting purchases of barbecue goods during a heat wave.

Despite the decline, sales over the three-months through June grew +2.1%, the strongest three-month period in three-years. The data suggest the economy accelerated in Q2 after a slow start to the year.

Note: The BoE is expected to lift its benchmark interest rate as soon as next month to bring annual inflation back to its +2% goal.

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GBP/USD – British pound slips to 10-month low as CPI misses mark

The British pound continues to lose ground and has dropped perilously close to the symbolic 1.30 line. In Wednesday’s North American session, the pair is trading at 1.3044, down 0.53% on the day. On the release front, British CPI remained steady at 2.4%, missing the estimate of 2.6%. U.S housing numbers were softer than expected. Building Permits dropped to 1.27 million, shy of the estimate of 1.33 million. Housing Starts fell sharply to 1.17 million, down from 1.35 million. This was well below the estimate of 1.32 million. Later in the day, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell testifies before the House Financial Services Committee. On Thursday, there are key releases on both sides of the border. The UK releases Retail Sales, with the markets braced for a paltry gain of 0.1%. The U.S will publish the Philly Fed Manufacturing Index and unemployment claims.

It’s been a rough week for the pound, which has declined 1.4 percent. Employment data was weaker than expected on Tuesday, and this was followed by a soft CPI on Wednesday. The weak numbers have dampened expectations that the BoE will raise interest rates at its August meeting. With the May government continuing to squabble over Brexit and negotiations with the EU at a standstill, the pound could face further headwinds.

Things are looking rosy for the U.S economy. Consumer spending is strong, the labor market is close to full capacity and inflation continues to move close to the Fed target of 2.0 percent. With this kind of performance, there was no surprise that Fed Chair Jerome Powell sounded bullish on the U.S economy during testimony before the Senate Banking Committee. Powell said that he expected the labor market to remain tight and inflation to stay close to the Fed’s target of 2 percent for the next several years. Powell added that the Fed would continue to gradually raise interest rates. Lawmakers appeared satisfied with current monetary policy, but Powell did face some pointed questions regarding the escalating trade war, which has raised concerns that economy could take a downturn if the tariff battles continue.

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GBP/USD Fundamentals

Wednesday (July 18)

  • 4:30 British CPI. Estimate 2.6%. Actual. 2.4%
  • 8:30 US Building Permits. Estimate 1.33M. Actual 1.27M
  • 8:30 US Housing Starts.  Estimate 1.32M. Actual 1.17M
  • 10:00 US Federal Reserve Jerome Powell Testifies
  • 10:30 US Crude Oil Inventories
  • 14:00 US Beige Book

Thursday (July 19)

  • 4:30 British Retail Sales. Estimate 0.1%
  • 8:30 US Philly Fed Manufacturing Index. Estimate 21.6
  • 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 220K

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

GBP/USD for Wednesday, July 18, 2018

GBP/USD July 18 at 11:50 DST

Open: 1.3113 High: 1.3122 Low: 1.3010 Close: 1.3044

GBP/USD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.2706 1.2852 1.2996 1.3088 1.3186 1.3263

GBP/USD ticked lower in the Asian session. The pair posted further losses in European trade and has recorded small gains in North American trade

  • 1.2996 is providing support
  • 1.3088 has switched to a resistance role after losses by GBP/USD on Wednesday
  • Current range: 1.2996 to 1.3088

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.2996, 1.2852 and 1.2706
  • Above: 1.3088, 1.3186, 1.3263 and 1.3494