GBP/USD – Pound Loses Ground, UK Preliminary GDP Next

The British pound has posted losses in the Tuesday session. In North American trade, GBP/USD is trading at 1.3123, down 0.55% on the day. On the release front, there are no British releases on the schedule. In the US, the Richmond Manufacturing Index softened to 12 points, well off the forecast of 19 points. This marked its weakest gain since June. Wednesday will be busy. The UK releases Preliminary GDP, with an estimate of 0.3%. In the US, there are two key events – Core Durable Goods Orders and New Home Sales.

Britain’s manufacturing sector continues to expand, but the data is pointing to slower growth in the third quarter. CBI Industrial Order Expectations, which surveys sentiment among manufacturers, showed a decline for the first time in over a year. Earlier in October, two key manufacturing indicators softened. Manufacturing Production dipped to 0.4% in August, down from 0.5% a month earlier. Still, this beat the estimate of 0.2%. As well, Manufacturing PMI slowed to 55.9 in September, compared to 56.9 in August. Brexit is a constant concern for investors, and any signs of weakness in the economy could trigger a sell-off of the pound in favor of safe-haven assets, such as gold and the Japanese yen.

Who will take over at the Federal Reserve? The markets are keeping close tabs on the central bank, as Janet Yellen’s 3-year term expires in February. President Trump has said he will nominate a new Fed head in the coming days, and the front runners are economist John Taylor and Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell. Taylor advocates a rule in which rates which be as high as 3 percent, given current economic conditions. Powell is more closely aligned to Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s monetary stance which advocates an incremental increase in rates. With the two candidates representing sharply differing views on interest rate levels, Trump’s choice for the new Fed chair could have an effect on monetary policy and the strength of the US dollar. Still, most economists are of the view that monetary policy will be largely driven by the performance of the US economy. Inflation levels remain weak and may not reach Fed’s target of 2 percent before 2020, but that has not dampened expectations of a December rate hike. According to CME FedWatch, the odds of a raise in December stand at 96 percent.

UK Factory Orders Slow But Data Not as Bad as it Appears

GBP/USD Fundamentals

Tuesday (October 24)

  • 9:45 US Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 53.3. Actual 54.5
  • 9:45 US Flash Services PMI.  Estimate 55.2. Actual 55.9
  • 10:00 US Richmond Manufacturing Index. Estimate 17. Actual 12

Wednesday (October 25)

  • 4:30 British Preliminary GDP. Estimate 0.3%
  • 4:30 British High Street Lending. Estimate 41.9K
  • 4:30 British Index of Services. Estimate 0.4%
  • 8:30 US Core Durable Goods Orders. Estimate 0.5%
  • 10:00 US New Home Sales. Estimate 556K

*All release times are GMT

*Key events are in bold

GBP/USD for Tuesday, October 24, 2017

GBP/USD October 24 at 11:50 EDT

Open: 1.3198 High: 1.3280 Low: 1.3114 Close: 1.3123

GBP/USD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.2904 1.3022 1.3122 1.3224 1.3347 1.3444

GBP/USD edged higher in the Asian session. The pair posted losses in European trade and continues to lose ground in the  North American session

  • 1.3122 is providing support
  • 1.3224 was tested earlier in resistance

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.3122, 1.3022 and 1.2904
  • Above: 1.3224, 1.3347, 1.3444 and 1.3514
  • Current range: 1.3122 to 1.3224

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

GBP/USD ratio is showing little movement this week. Currently, long positions have a slim majority (52%), indicative of slight trader bias towards GBP/USD reversing directions and moving higher.

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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.