All eyes are turning to the Federal Reserve and the US dollar. How to trade XAU/USD, EUR/USD, and GBP/USD?
Is the GBP vulnerable to the retail data?
Great Britain will release the retail indicators at 11:30 MT time, on February 20.
Instruments to trade: GBP/USD, GBP/JPY, EUR/GBP
The indicator of retail sales shows the monthly change in the value of inflation-adjusted sales at the retail level. It helps to understand how much money consumers spend, that is, how economically active the population is. A higher level of indicator increases the value of domestic currency. Last time the level of retail sales declined by 0.6%. The disappointing release increased concerns over the negative impact of Brexit. As a result, the British pound weakened.
• If the actual level of retail sales is higher than analysts’ expectations, the GBP will rise;
• If the actual level of retail sales is lower than analysts’ expectations, the GBP will fall.
The Bank of England will release its statement and announce its monetary policy decision at 14:00 MT.
Last week the USD soared versus other major currencies, while gold headed for the biggest weekly loss in 15 months. Let’s see what new moves await us this week!
The US dollar has surged to levels unseen since April after the Fed's decision back on Wednesday. Gold has reversed up from the local dips. Still, this week was the worst for gold in more than a year.