The British pound has posted gains on Tuesday, taking advantage of strong British Manufacturing data. GBP/USD was trading just above the 1.53 line early in the North American session. In other British releases, Trade Balance missed its estimate, and NIESR GDP Estimate posted a modest gain.
There were a host of British releases today, with all eyes on Manufacturing Production. Last week, Manufacturing PMI was below the estimate, and this sent the pound on a tailspin. The news was much better this time around, as the key indicator shot up 0.8%, bouncing back from a very poor reading of 1.5% last month. The trade deficit widened from GBP 8.2 billion to GBP9.4 billion. This was much higher than the estimate of a deficit of GBP8.7 billion. The NIESR GDP Estimate, which tracks the quarterly GDP on a monthly basis, posted a weak gain of 0.1%. In the US, the NFIB Small Business Index came in at 89.5 points, missing the estimate of 92.3 points. Wholesale Inventories declined 0.3%, surprising the markets which had expected a gain of 0.5%.
The markets are following events in Portugal, where the country’s Constitutional Court struck down parts of an austerity package that the government announced earlier this year. These steps are part of a bailout package that Portugal received in 2011. The court struck down tax hikes worth about EUR5 billion euros. As a result, Portugal finds itself EUR 1.4 billion short in expected revenue. The economic picture is not good, as the economy shrunk 3.2% in 2012, and Portugal is behind in its deficit reduction targets. The legal tangles could aggravate the country’s difficult economic situation and lead to a full-blown crisis, which would be bad news for the Eurozone and the euro.
In the US, talk of a deepening recovery is being replaced by concerns about the direction the economy, as the US continues to post out dismal numbers. With every major release over the past two weeks failing to meet expectations, the markets are justifiably becoming increasingly anxious. The data comes from sectors throughout the economy – housing, manufacturing consumer confidence and employment releases have all missed their estimates. On Friday, Non-Farm Payrolls followed the string of dismal releases, posting its worst showing since July 2012. There were 88 thousand new jobs created, way below the estimate of 198 thousand. Will we see a turnaround in this week’s numbers? If not, we could see some volatility in the currency markets.
GBP/USD for Tuesday, April 9, 2013
GBP/USD April 9 at 15:00 GMT
1.5290 H: 1.5325 L: 1.5250
The pound has moved higher in Tuesday trading. The pair is facing resistance at 1.5309. This line was breached earlier today, and could face more pressure from the pair. There is stronger resistance at 1.5392. On the downside, 1.5203 is providing support. This line has strengthened as the pair trades close to the 1.53 level. The next support level can be found at 1.5138.
- Current range: 1.5203 to 1.5309.
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1.5203, 1.5138, 1.5053, 1.4988
- Above: 1.5309, 1.5392 and 1.5461
OANDA’s Open Positions Ratios
The GBP/USD ratio is pointing to movement towards long positions. This is consistent with what we are seeing from the pair, as the British pound has moved higher against the dollar. Long positions enjoy a substantial majority in the ratio, indicating a strong bias in favor of the pound continuing to push higher.
The pound has taken advantage of solid manufacturing data out of the UK and has posted gains on Tuesday against the US dollar. There are no major economic releases out of the US until late in the week, so in the meantime we can expect the pound to maintain it recent gains against the US currency.
- 8:30 British Manufacturing Production. Estimate 0.4%. Actual 0.8%.
- 8:30 British Trade Balance. Estimate -8.7B. Actual -9.4B.
- 8:30 British Industrial Production. Estimate 0.4%. Actual 1.0%.
- 9:35 British 10-year Bond Auction. Actual 1.73%.
- 11:30 US NFIB Small Business Index. Estimate 92.3points. Actual 89.5 points.
- 14:00 US Wholesale Inventories. Estimate 0.5%. Actual -0.3%.
- 14:00 British NIESR GDP Estimate. Actual 0.1%.
*Key releases are highlighted in bold
*All release times are GMT
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