GBP/USD – British pound shakes off cobwebs, punches past 1.30

After a listless start to the week, GBP/USD has posted strong gains in the Tuesday session. In North American trade, GBP/USD is trading at 1.3032, up 0.77% on the day. On the release front, British GfK Consumer Confidence remained pegged at 13 points for a third straight month. Later, the U.K. releases the BRC Shop Price Index.

In the U.S., the Employment Cost Index remained steady at 0.7%, matching the estimate. Chicago PMI dropped sharply to 52.6, down from 58.7 points in the previous release. This missed the forecast of 59.1 points. CB Consumer Confidence improved to 129.2, above the estimate of 126.2 points. Wednesday will be busy as well. The U.K. releases Manufacturing PMI and Net Lending to Individuals. In the U.S., we’ll get a look at ADP nonfarm payrolls and the Federal Reserve issues a rate statement.

The pound has not impressed in recent weeks, but cable could be back in business. After losses of 1.7% in March and a sluggish April, GBP/USD has rebounded this week, gaining close to 1.0%. Still, this could be more a case of broad weakness by the dollar rather than newfound strength in the pound. British numbers have been lukewarm, and Brexit will continue to weigh on the pound, even with the extension until October. Consumers remain pessimistic about the economic outlook and uncertainty over Brexit, and this gloomy mood has also affected consumer spending.

The Federal Reserve has said it expects to hold interest rate levels for the rest of the year, and the most recent inflation numbers will reinforce that stance. The Core PCE Price Index, which is the Federal Reserve’s preferred gauge for inflation, came in at 0.0% in March and 0.1% in February (the two events were released on Tuesday due to the government shutdown earlier this year). On an annualized basis, the indicator gained 1.6%, just shy of the estimate of 1.7%. There was better news from consumer spending, which jumped 0.9% in March, compared to the estimate of 0.7%. The strong reading was a result of increased spending on motor vehicles and health care.

Asia learns its Alphabet

Is the U.S dollar losing love?

GBP/USD Fundamentals

Monday (April 29)

  • 19:01 British GfK Consumer Confidence. Estimate -12. Actual -13

Tuesday (April 30)

  • 3:40 British MPC Member Ramsden Speaks
  • 8:30 US Employment Cost Index. Estimate 0.7%. 0.7%
  • 9:00 US S&P/CS Composite-20 HPI. Estimate 3.7%. Actual 3.0%
  • 9:45 US Chicago PMI. Estimate 59.1. Actual 52.6
  • 10:00 US CB Consumer Confidence. Estimate 126.2. Actual 129.2
  • 10:00 US Pending Home Sales. Estimate 1.1%. Actual 3.8%
  • 19:01 British BRC Shop Price Index

Wednesday (May 1)

  • 2:00 British Nationwide HPI. Estimate 0.1%
  • 4:30 British Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 53.2
  • 4:30 British Net Lending to Individuals. Estimate 4.5B
  • 8:15 US ADP Nonfarm Employment Change. Estimate 181K
  • 14:00 US FOMC Statement
  • 14:00 US Federal Funds Rate. Estimate <2.50%
  • 14:00 FOMC Press Conference

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

GBP/USD for Tuesday, April 30, 2019

GBP/USD April 30 at 10:25 DST

Open: 1.2933 High: 1.3031 Low: 1.2926 Close: 1.3030

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 posted considerable gains in European trade. The pair continues to gain ground 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

This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.

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.