Inflation in Focus Again as Weak Pound Continues to Hurt UK Consumers

POUND STERLING TALKING POINTS

  • Spotlight on UK CPI!
  • BoE may move to a 50bps hike in August.
  • Cable remains under pressure despite short-term relief rally.

GBP/USD FUNDAMENTAL BACKDROP

Next week’s economic calendar is rife with high impact events from both the UK and US (see economic calendar below) with UK inflation being the main focus for the pound. Both core and headline inflation figures have yet to take a step back since September last year with expectations looking at another increase. This should increase hawkish pressure on the Bank of England (BoE) to increase interest rates by 50bps in August – which they have put forward as an option in during their last rate announcement.

Money markets have been pricing this in for some time now but the central bank will need to take into consideration rising unemployment (albeit marginal) and a slowing UK economy. Inflation is unlikely to abate from monetary policy as we are well aware of the supply issues stemming from the Russia/Ukraine war.

GBP/USD ECONOMIC CALENDAR

Source: DailyFX Economic Calendar

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

GBP/USD DAILY CHART

gbpusd daily chart

Chart prepared by Warren Venketas, IG

Daily GBP/USD price action shows the recovery post-FOMC and BoE but has since given back some gains on Friday. Bulls are finding resistance at the 20-day EMA level (purple) and as we head into Wednesdays CPI read I don’t see much in the way of significant price moves for cable. I expect prices to hover between the 1.2200 and 1.2400 levels respectively with my medium/long-term outlook in favor of the US dollar. While there is still room for upside in the short-term, a key point of inflection would be around trendline resistance (black) and whether or not we see a candle close above (breakout) which could then prompt a mindset change to a potential trend reverse.

Key resistance levels:

  • Trendline resistance (black)
  • 1.2494
  • 1.2400
  • 20-day EMA (purple)

Key support levels:

CAUTIOUS IG CLIENT SENTIMENT

IG Client Sentiment Data (IGCS) shows retail traders are currently LONG on GBP/USDwith 71% of traders currently holding long positions (as of this writing). At DailyFX we typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment however, due to recent changes in long and short positioning we arrive at a short-term mixed bias.

Contact and follow Warren on Twitter: @WVenketas

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