The British pound has posted slight gains in the Wednesday session. In the North American session, the pair is trading at 1.3212, up 0.13% on the day. On the release front, British Services PMIs improved to 55.1, beating the estimate of 54.0 points. There are no U.S events, with banks and stock markets closed for the Fourth of July holiday. On Thursday, BoE Governor Mark Carney will speak at an event in Newscastle. The U.S will releases ADP nonfarm payrolls, unemployment claims and the FOMC minutes of the June policy meeting.
It was a 3-for-3 sweep for British PMIs, as all three indicators beat their estimates. Earlier in the week, Manufacturing and Construction PMIs improved in June, with readings of 54.4 and 53.1, respectively. On Wednesday, Services PMI climbed to 55.1, beating the estimate of 54.0. The indicator has now improved for a third straight month. The PMIs are bellwethers of the British economy, and these releases point to sustained expansion across key sectors. At the same time, the lack of progress in the Brexit negotiations is a major source of concern and continues to weigh on British pound.
The spotlight will be on the Federal Reserve on Thursday, with the release of the FOMC minutes. The minutes could be a market-mover, as investors look for clues about upcoming rate hikes. The June hike marked the second in 2018, and whether the Fed will press the trigger three or four times this year remains a hot topic, as Fed policymakers appear split on the issue. The impressive performance of the U.S economy makes a strong case for four hikes, but the Fed is uneasy about escalating trade tensions as a result of President Trump slapping tariffs on major U.S trading partners.
Wednesday (July 4)
- 4:30 British Services PMI. Estimate 54.0. Actual 55.1
Thursday (July 5)
- 6:00 BoE Governor Mark Carney Speaks
- 8:15 US ADP Nonfarm Employment Change. Estimate 190K
- 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 231K
- 10:00 US ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 58.3
- 14:00 US FOMC Meeting Minutes
*All release times are DST
*Key events are in bold
GBP/USD for Wednesday, July 4, 2018
GBP/USD July 4 at 11:10 DST
Open: 1.3195 High: 1.3227 Low: 1.3171 Close: 1.3213
GBP/USD ticked higher in the Asian session. The pair showed some movement in European trade and is flat in the North American session
- 1.3186 was tested earlier in support
- 1.3263 is the next resistance line
- Current range: 1.3186 to 1.3263
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1.3186, 1.3088, 1.2996 and 1.2908
- Above: 1.3263, 1.3494 and 1.3613
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