GBP/USD – British pound loses ground as dollar remains strong

GBP/USD has posted losses on Monday, recovering much of the losses seen on Friday. In the North American session, the pair is trading at 1.3062, down 0.42% on the day. It’s a quiet start on the release front. In the UK, the sole event is BRC Retail Sales. In the U.S, banks are closed for Columbus Day and there are no U.S indicators on the schedule. On Tuesday, the BoE releases its Financial Policy Committee Statement.

Will Britain and the European Union reach an agreement over Brexit? Despite months of gloom and fears of a hard Brexit, there is renewed optimism in London and Brussels that a deal can be reached before the March 2019 deadline. There are reports that the sides have made progress on a range of issues, including the Irish border and continued EU access to London’s clearinghouses. EU leaders will hold a crucial meeting on October 17, with Brexit one of the key items on the agenda. If there are tangible signs of progress on Brexit ahead of the summit, the pound could move higher.

U.S employment numbers were a mix on Friday. Nonfarm payrolls dropped sharply to 134 thousand, its smallest gain in a year. This was well short of the estimate of 185 thousand. However, one factor in the disappointing release is Hurricane Florence, which led to many employees being unable to report to work during the storm. Wages appear headed in the right direction – Average Hourly Earnings gained 0.3% in September, and are up 2.9% on a year-to-year basis. The unemployment rate fell to 3.7%, its lowest level since 1969. The mixed numbers put a slight damper on the odds of a December hike, which dipped to 76% after the job releases, down from 80% prior to the releases. A December rate hike would be the fourth this year, with the Fed expected to raise rates another three times in 2019.

Italy and China drag markets lower

GBP/USD Fundamentals

Monday (October 8)

  • 19:01 British BRC Retail Sales Monitor

Tuesday (October 9)

  • 4:30 British FPC Statement

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

GBP/USD for Monday, October 8, 2018

GBP/USD October 8 at 12:15 DST

Open: 1.3118 High: 1.3133 Low: 1.3029 Close: 1.3062

GBP/USD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.2723 1.2852 1.2966 1.3088 1.3173 1.3301

GBP/USD ticked lower in the Asian session. The pair lost ground in European session but has reversed directions in the North American session and posted small gains

  • 1.2966 is providing support
  • 1.3088 is the next resistance line
  • Current range: 1.2966 to 1.3088

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.2966, 1.2852 and 1.2723
  • Above: 1.3088, 1.3173, 1.3301, 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.