GBP/USD – Strong greenback and soft retail sales push pound lower

GBP/USD continues to head lower this week. In Tuesday’s North American session, the pair is trading at 1.2727, down 0.52% on the day. On the release front, British CBI Realized Sales dropped to 5 points, well off the estimate of 27 points. Later in the day, GfK Consumer Confidence is expected to tick lower to -10 points. In the U.S, CB consumer confidence dipped to 137.9, but still beat the forecast of 136.3 points.  

British retail sales cooled noticeably in October, after four months of strong activity. A hot summer and football fever over the success of the British team at the World Cup fueled retail sales, but colder temperatures have served to dampen consumer spending. Meanwhile, consumer confidence continues to languish in negative territory, and GfK consumer confidence is expected to post a weak reading of -10 points.

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GBP/USD Fundamentals

Tuesday (October 30)

  • 7:00 British CBI Realized Sales. Estimate 27. Actual 5
  • 9:00 US S&P/CS Composite-20 HPI. Estimate 6.0%. Actual 5.5%
  • 10:00 US CB Consumer Confidence. Estimate 136.3. Actual 137.9
  • 20:01 British BRC Shop Price Index
  • 20:01 British GfK Consumer Confidence. Estimate -10

Wednesday (October 31)

  • 8:15 US ADP Nonfarm Employment Change. Estimate 190K

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

GBP/USD for Tuesday, October 30, 2018

GBP/USD October 30 at 12:20 DST

Open: 1.2793 High: 1.2813 Low: 1.2726 Close: 1.2727

 

GBP/USD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.2479 1.2590 1.2723 1.2852 1.2966 1.3173

GBP/USD showed little movement in the Asian session and posted considerable losses in European trade. In North American trade, the pair ticked higher but has retracted

  • 1.2723 has weakened in support following losses by GBP/USD on Tuesday. It could break in the North American session
  • 1.2852 is the next resistance line
  • Current range: 1.2723 to 1.2852

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.2723, 1.2590 and 1.2479
  • Above: 1.2852, 1.2966, 1.3173 and 1.3301

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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.