GBP/USD – British pound lethargic in post-holiday session

GBP/USD has posted slight losses in the Tuesday session. In North American trade, GBP/USD is trading at 1.2953, down 0.21% on the day. On the release front, there are no British events. In the U.S., the House Price index slowed to 0.3%, shy of the estimate of 0.6%. Later in the day, the U.S. releases new home sales and the Richmond manufacturing index. On Tuesday, the U.K. releases public sector net borrowing.

British lawmakers return to work on Tuesday after a short break, and it’s a safe bet that Brexit will be high on the agenda. However, there is another departure date being discussed besides Britain leaving the EU. Some Conservative MPs plan to tell Prime Minister May to name her exit date, or else she will be ousted in June. May has been unable to pass the withdrawal agreement through a divided parliament, and her days could be numbered at 10 Downing Street.

While the currency markets have been listless during Easter week, oil prices have jumped. Crude has jumped to a 5-month high after the Trump administration announced that it would terminate sanction waivers given to some importers of Iranian oil, as of May 1. This move is intended to further tighten sanctions against Iran and cripple Iranian oil exports. The move has been bitterly criticized by Iran, which has upped the ante by threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, a critical gateway for seaborne oil shipments. The rising geopolitical temperature could further boost oil prices, which are up 50% since December. Higher oil prices could weigh on economic growth and send nervous investors to the safety of the U.S. dollar.

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GBP/USD Fundamentals

Tuesday (April 23)

  • 9:00 US HPI. Estimate 0.6%
  • 10:00 US New Home Sales. Estimate 647K
  • 10:00 US Richmond Manufacturing Index. Estimate 10

Wednesday (April 24)

  • 4:30 British Public Sector Net Borrowing. Estimate -0.8B

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

GBP/USD for Tuesday, April 23, 2019

GBP/USD April 23 at 9:50 DST

Open: 1.2981 High: 1.3019 Low: 1.2945 Close: 1.2953

GBP/USD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.2729 1.2841 1.2910 1.3070 1.3170 1.3258

GBP/USD was flat in the Asian session and has edged higher in European trade. The pair has dropped considerably early in North American trade

  • 1.2910 is providing support
  • 1.3070 is the next resistance line
  • Current range: 1.2910 to 1.3070

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.2910, 1.2841 and 1.2729
  • Above: 1.3070, 1.3170, 1.3258 and 1.3362

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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.