GBP/USD – British pound edges lower, investors eye UK inflation

GBP/USD has edged lower in the Tuesday session. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.3136, down 0.18% on the day. On the release front, there are no British events. The U.S will release the NAHB Housing Market Index. On Tuesday, the UK releases a host of inflation indicators, led by CPI. The U.S. publishes building permits and housing starts.

A welcome respite in the U.S-China trade spat was shattered on Monday. President Trump imposed tariffs of 10% on some $200 billion worth of Chinese goods and threatened further action if China retaliated. Unlike earlier round of tariffs, the Canadian dollar has managed to hold its own, and investors have not flocked to the U.S dollar. The reason? Investors were braced for a move by Trump, and may be sighing in relief that the tariff was set at 10% rather than at 25%. One senior economist summed up Trump’s most recent salvo as “bad but manageable”. However, if the Chinese retaliate and the U.S takes further measures, this would likely shake up the currency markets and boost the U.S dollar.

British Prime Minister May faces pressure from both the Europeans and Conservative lawmakers at home. There has been talk that her job is in jeopardy, but May is doggedly moving forward, declaring that a Brexit deal will be reached on her terms or not at all. The Europeans may still be smarting from the UK’s decision to leave the club, but they prefer to deal with May rather than the Brexit hardliners. This means that the EU could show more flexibility in negotiations, such as over the thorny issue of the Irish border. At the same time, Brexit is only six months away, and the two sides will have to press hard on the gas to hammer out an agreement before the March deadline. There will likely be plenty of bumps along the Brexit road, which could spell headwinds for the British pound.

GBP/USD Fundamentals

Tuesday (September 18)

  • 10:00 US NAHB Housing Market Index. Estimate 66
  • 16:00 US TIC Long-Term Purchases. Estimate 65.1B

Wednesday (September 19)

  • 4:30 British CPI. Estimate 2.4%
  • 8:30 US Building Permits. Estimate 1.31M
  • 8:30 US Housing Starts. Estimate 1.24M

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

GBP/USD for Tuesday, September 18, 2018

GBP/USD September 18 at 8:30 DST

Open: 1.3156 High: 1.3170 Low: 1.3120 Close: 1.3136

GBP/USD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.2852 1.2966 1.3088 1.3173 1.3301 1.3458

In the Asian session, GBP/USD ticked upwards but retracted. The pair has posted slight losses in European trade

  • 1.3088 is providing support
  • 1.3173 is the next resistance line
  • Current range: 1.3088 to 1.3173

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.3088, 1.2966, 1.2852, 1.2706
  • Above: 1.3173, 1.3301 and 1.3458

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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.