GBP/USD – UK job numbers disappoint, send pound lower

The British pound has posted considerable losses in the Tuesday session. In North American trade, the pair is trading at 1.3160, down 0.57% on the day. On the release front, British employment numbers disappointed the markets. Wage growth remained pegged at 2.5%, matching the estimate. Unemployment rolls expanded by 7.8 thousand, higher than the estimate of 2.3 thousand. There are no major U.S indicators. In the U.S, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell testifies before the Senate Banking Committee.

After a soft first quarter, U.S retail sales reports have rebounded in the second quarter. Core retail sales were revised upwards to 0.8% in May, and the June gain of 0.5% edged above the forecast of 0.4%. Retail sales gained 0.4%, and were up an impressive 6.6% on an annualized basis. Consumer spending is a key driver of economic growth, and a tight labor markets and firming inflation are further indications that the economy is in excellent shape. The Fed is widely expected to raise rates again at the September meeting, with odds of a quarter-point hike at 87%, according to the CME Group.

The trade war between the U.S and China is raising concerns not just on the equity markets but at the Federal Reserve as well. On Friday, Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan said he would have to downgrade his economic outlook for the economy if the tariff battle continues. Kaplan said that U.S tariffs on steel and aluminum imports had dampened capital expenditures plans and further trade tensions could lead to currency fluctuations and geopolitical instability.

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GBP/USD Fundamentals

Tuesday (July 17)

  • 4:00 BoE Governor Mark Carney Speaks
  • 4:30 British Average Earnings Index. Estimate 2.5%. Actual 2.5%
  • 4:30 British Claimant Count Change. Estimate 2.3K. Actual 7.8K
  • 4:30 British Unemployment Rate. Estimate 4.2%. Actual 4.2%
  • Tentative – British NIESR GDP Estimate
  • 9:15 US Capacity Utilization Rate. Estimate 78.4%. Actual 78.0
  • 9:15 US Industrial Production. Estimate 0.5%. Actual 0.6%
  • 10:00 US Federal Reserve Jerome Powell Testifies
  • 10:00 US NAHB Housing Market Index. Estimate 69. Actual 72
  • 16:00 US TIC Long-Term Purchases. Estimate 34.3B

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold


GBP/USD for Tuesday, July 17, 2018

GBP/USD July 13 at 10:40 DST

Open: 1.3235 High: 1.3269 Low: 1.3145 Close: 1.3160


GBP/USD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.2852 1.2996 1.3088 1.3186 1.3263 1.3494

GBP/USD showed little movement in the Asian session. The pair posted considerable losses in European trade and is flat in North American trade

  • 1.3088 is providing support
  • 1.3186 has switched to a resistance role after losses by GBP/USD on Tuesday. It is a weak line
  • Current range: 1.3088 to 1.3186

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.3088 and 1.2996 and 1.2852
  • Above: 1.3186, 1.3263, 1.3494 and 1.3613

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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.