GBP/USD – British pound steady as CPI matches forecast

The British pound continues to have an uneventful week. In Wednesday’s North American trade, GBP/USD is trading at 1.3378, up 0.04% on the day. On the release front, British CPI remained pegged at 2.4% for a second straight month and matched the forecast. Another key inflation indicator, PPI Input, jumped 2.8%, crushing the estimate of 1.7%. In the US, inflation reports were positive. The Producer Price Index jumped to 0.5%, well above the estimate of 0.1%. This marked the highest gain since April 2017. Core PPI edged up to 0.3%, above the forecast of 0.2% percent. Later in the day, the Federal Reserve is expected to raise rates by a quarter-point and will release a rate statement. On Thursday, we’ll get a look at retail sales in the U.K and the U.S. As well, the U.S releases unemployment claims.

All eyes are on the Federal Reserve, which winds up its 2-day policy meeting on Wednesday. The Fed is widely expected to raise rates to a range between 1.75% and 2.0%. The odds of a quarter-point move stand at 96% percent, according to the CME Group. Although a rate hike has been priced in by the markets, such a significant move could boost the US dollar against its rivals. Investors will be paying close attention to the language of the rate statement as well as the “dot-plot” forecasts, looking for any clues regarding rate hikes in the second half of 2018. The Fed is currently projecting a total of three hikes this year, but a strong economy and rising inflation have raised speculation that the Fed could raise rates four times in 2018.

Wage growth in the U.K continues to lag behind inflation, which is hampering consumer spending. The labor market remains tight, but surprisingly, this has not translated into stronger wages for British workers. Where does this leave the Bank of England? Policymakers will remain hesitant to raise interest rates, unless inflation reverses its downward trend and key economic indicators move higher. The BoE will convene on June 21 for a policy meeting, and the bank is expected to hold the benchmark rate at 0.50 percent.

  Economic Projections Key as Fed Seen Hiking Rates

  U.S Producer price index

GBP/USD Fundamentals

Wednesday (June 13)

  • 4:30 British CPI. Estimate 2.4%. Actual 2.4%
  • 4:30 British PPI Input. Estimate 1.7%. Actual 2.8%
  • 4:30 British Core CPI. Estimate 2.1%. Actual 2.1%
  • 4:30 British HPI. Estimate 4.4%. Actual 3.9%
  • 4:30 British PPI Output. Estimate 0.3%. Actual 0.4%
  • 4:30 British RPI. Estimate 3.4%. Actual 3.3%
  • 8:30 US PPI. Estimate 0.3%. Actual 0.5%
  • 8:30 US Core PPI. Estimate 0.2%. Actual 0.3%
  • 10:30 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate -1.4M. Actual -4.1M
  • 14:00 US FOMC Economic Projections
  • 14:00 US FOMC Statement
  • 14:00 US Federal Funds Rate. Estimate <2.00%
  • 14:30 US FOMC Press Conference
  • 19:01 British RICS House Price Balance. Estimate -5%

Thursday (June 14)

  • 8:30 US Core Retail Sales. Estimate 0.5%
  • 8:30 US Retail Sales. Estimate 0.4%
  • 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 223K

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

GBP/USD for Wednesday, June 13, 2018

GBP/USD June 13 at 11:45 DST

Open: 1.3372 High: 1.3378 Low: 1.3308 Close: 1.3378

GBP/USD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.3088 1.3186 1.3301 1.3398 1.3494 1.3613

GBP/USD inched lower in the Asian session. The pair posted small losses in European trade but has reversed directions and moved higher in North American trade

  • 1.3301 is providing support
  • 1.3398 is a weak resistance line
  • Current range: 1.3301 to 1.3398

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.3301, 1.3186 and 1.3088
  • Above: 1.3398, 1.3494, 1.3613 and 1.3712

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

GBP/USD ratio continues to show little movement this week. Currently, long positions have a majority (65%), indicative of trader bias towards GBP/USD breaking out and moving upwards.

This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.

Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher

Market Analyst at OANDA
A highly experienced financial market analyst with a focus on fundamental analysis, Kenneth Fisher’s daily commentary covers a broad range of markets including forex, equities and commodities. His work has been published in several major online financial publications including, Seeking Alpha and FXStreet. Based in Israel, Kenny has been a MarketPulse contributor since 2012.
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