GBP/USD – Pound Posts Slight Gains as Markets Eye Yellen Testimony

The pound has posted modest gains on Wednesday, as GBP/USD is trading slightly below the 1.55 line in the North American session. In the UK, BBA Mortgage Approvals improved to 36.4 thousand. BOE Governor Mark Carney delivered remarks at an event in London. Over in the US, Federal Reserve head Janet Yellen continues a second day of testimony in Congress. US New Home Sales remained unchanged at 481 thousand, beating expectations.

There was good news on from the US housing sector on Wednesday, as New Home Sales remained unchanged in January at 481 thousand. This easily beat the estimate of 471 thousand. Earlier in the week, Existing Home Sales dropped sharply to 4.82 million, a 9-month low. On Friday, we’ll get a look at Pending Home Sales, with the markets expecting strong gain of 2.5%, following a sharp decline of 3.7% in December.

Janet Yellen testified before a Senate committee on Tuesday, saying that the Fed was “unlikely” to raise interest rates in the next few months, given current economic conditions. Her remarks seemed aimed at quelling rising speculation about a rate hike sometime in mid-2015, which has helped boost the US dollar’s performance against its major rivals. Yellen noted that the continuing growth should lead to the unemployment rate continuing to fall. The Fed Chair will resume testimony before the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday, but it’s not likely that Yellen’s comments will shake up the markets.

GBP/USD for Wednesday, February 25, 2015

GBP/USD February 25 at 16:30 GMT

GBP/USD 1.5489 H: 1.5539 L: 1.5453

 

GBP/USD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.5165 1.5282 1.5392 1.5505 1.5642 1.5786

 

  • GBP/USD posted gains in the Asian session. The pair has shown limited change in the European and North American sessions.
  • 1.5392 has strengthened in support as the pair trades at higher levels.
  • 1.5505 is a weak resistance line. 1.5642 is stronger.
  • Current range: 1.5392 to 1.5505

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.5392, 1.5282, 1.5165, 1.5008 and 1.4873
  • Above: 1.5505, 1.5642, 1.5786 and 1.5888

 

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

GBPUSD_ratio_2-25-15

(Shows the ratio of long vs. short positions held for the GBP/USD among all OANDA clients. The left percentage (blue) shows long positions; the right percentage (orange) shows short positions.)

GBP/USD ratio is pointing to gains in long positions on Wednesday. This is consistent with the pair’s movement, as the pound trades at higher levels. The ratio has a majority of long positions, indicative of trader bias towards the pound moving higher.

GBP/USD Fundamentals

  • 9:30 British BBA Mortgage Approvals. Estimate 36.2K. Actual 35.4K.
  • 10:00 BOE Governor Carney Speaks.
  • 15:00 US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testifies in Congress.
  • 15:00 US New Home Sales. Estimate 471K. Actual 481K.
  • 15:00 US Mortgage Delinquencies. Actual 5.68%.
  • 15:30 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate 3.6M. Actual 8.4M.

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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.