GBP/USD – Pound Rally Continues on Strong UK Housing Report, Weak US Jobless Claims

The British pound has resumed its upward movement in the Thursday session. In North American trade, GBP/USD is trading at 1.3094, up 0.40% on the day. On the release front, British Halifax HPI picked up speed, with a strong gain of 1.1%. This easily beat the estimate of  0.2%. In the US, unemployment claims jumped to 298 thousand, well above the estimate of 245 thousand. On Friday, the UK releases Manufacturing Production, which is expected to improve to 0.3%.

The red-hot US labor market appears to have cooled off, as recent employment indicators have been weak. On Thursday, unemployment claims jumped to 298 thousand, the highest level since April 2015. This follows weak readings in July for nonfarm payrolls and wage growth. However, the sharp rise in jobless claims can be attributed to Hurricane Harvey, which led to thousands of displaced workers in Texas filing for unemployment benefits. Unemployment numbers could remain high in upcoming weeks, until flooded areas are able to get on their feet and reconstruction projects begin, which should translate into lower jobless numbers.

One of the biggest losers in the Brexit saga will be the City of London, which stands to lose its status as the primary financial hub in Europe. There are plenty of players across the Channel casting an eye on the spoils after Britain leaves the European Union. Frankfurt and Dublin are the two main contenders, with Paris and Amsterdam are also hoping to lure large financial companies when they downsize operations in London. On Wednesday, Deutsche Bank chief executive John Cryan argued that Frankfurt is ideally suited to take over from London as the financial hub for European banks, saying it has the structures in place to take over from London. Analysts estimate that London could lose up to 30,000 jobs in the financial services sector, with clients moving up to 1.8 trillion euros in assets from the UK to the continent. Germany could gain 30% of these jobs, which would mark a huge post-Brexit boon for the country.

 

GBP/USD Fundamentals

Thursday (September 7)

  • 3:30 British Halifax HPI. Estimate 0.2%. Actual 1.1%
  • 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 245K. Actual 298K
  • 8:30 US Revised Nonfarm Productivity. Estimate 1.3%. Actual 1.5%
  • 8:30 US Revised Unit Labor Costs. Estimate 0.3%. Actual 0.2%
  • 10:00 US IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism. Estimate 53.1. Actual 53.4
  • 10:30 US Natural Gas Storage. Estimate 63B. Actual 65B
  • 11:00 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate 4.1M. Actual 4.6M
  • 19:00 US FOMC Member William Dudley Speaks

Friday (September 8)

  • 4:30 British Manufacturing Production. Estimate 0.3%

*All release times are GMT

*Key events are in bold

 

GBP/USD for Thursday, September 7, 2017

GBP/USD September 7 at 11:55 EDT

Open: 1.3043 High: 1.3116 Low: 1.3033 Close: 1.3109

 

GBP/USD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.2865 1.2946 1.3058 1.3159 1.3267 1.3347
  • GBP/USD was flat in the Asian session. The pair posted gains in European trade and is steady in the North American session
  • 1.3058 as switched to a support line following gains by GBP/USD on Thursday
  • 1.3159 is the next resistance line

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.3058, 1.2946, 1.2865 and 1.2767
  • Above: 1.3159, 1.3267 and 1.3347
  • Current range: 1.3058 to 1.3159

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

GBP/USD ratio remains unchanged this week. Currently, long positions have a slender majority (52%), indicative of slight trader bias towards GBP/USD continuing to move upwards.

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Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher

Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Kenny Fisher joined OANDA in 2012 as a Currency Analyst. Kenny writes a daily column about current economic and political developments affecting the major currency pairs, with a focus on fundamental analysis. Kenny began his career in forex at Bendix Foreign Exchange in Toronto, where he worked as a Corporate Account Manager for over seven years.