Happy Friday, traders! Are you ready to trade at the end of the week? Here’s what you need to know before you start:
The undone victory for the GBP
Yesterday, we were fearing that a strict Brexit deadline announced by the UK PM Boris Johnson and other ministers may put excessive pressure downwards on the GBP in the short-term and the long-term.
Now, we see that all the gains that the GBP won on the Conservatives’ victory are undone. Moreover, the British pound seems to be preparing to continue falling against the major currencies in the observable future.
Against the euro
On the H4, the upsurge of EUR/GBP reached higher than where it dropped from on the day of the UK elections. More so, it crossed the 50-period and 100-period Moving Averages, now testing the resistance of 200-MA. The next big step would be the high of 0.8600, reached in November.
However, we see the consolidation and the slowdown of the current steep rise right at the resistance of the 200-period Moving Average. The Awesome Oscillator also shows that a high may have been reached, and the momentum for this particular upsurge has been exhausted.
Climbing further up requires additional power and most probably additional confirmation from the Conservatives side that they would not back down on their strict agenda. If such news comes in, we may witness the start of a gradual change in the overall trend. In addition, given the context of the situation and the commentaries already provided by the UK PM Mr. Johnson and his colleagues, the absence of any information disproving the rigidity of their plan may also serve as a confirmation of the looming hard Brexit. In this case, it will cause further weakening of the GBP.
Against the USD
Against the USD, the GBP has dropped to the level of 1.3100 where it started its leap on December 12, breaking through the 50-period Moving Average. On the H4, the price is currently testing the support of the 100-period MA, showing signs of consolidation. Same as in the case with the euro, it is likely that the price will stay at the current support level for a while, waiting for additional information to guide the market movement. It may show a slight movement upwards or go sideways. If it does cross the 100-period Moving Average, it would be a sign that the market indeed has little hope for the GBP in the context of hard Brexit.
Against other currencies
Most of the GBP currency pairs show a very similar dynamic, with certain variations. On the H4 of GBP/CHF, the price has crossed the 50-period, 100-period, and 200-period Moving Average on the way down. Currently, it is testing the support of 1.2813, left at the beginning of December. Crossing that line would mean the price aims at the level of 1.2680, along which it has been trading in October-November.
The impact of the announced Brexit agenda by the Conservatives is visible at the market. Now, the question is whether it will be a short-term disappointment or a start of a larger trend change.
To answer that, we need to follow the news and keep an eye on the price movement against the mid-term and long-term thresholds.
The first week of November promises to be eventful, as we have the Fed meeting, the BOE update, and the NFP release. Read more details here.
Last week several important economic updates influenced the Forex market. US preliminary GDP fell less than expected (0.6% actual vs. 0.7% forecast). Below you will find the key events to trade on during the week from August 29 to September 2.
This week may be the most important since the year started as the Fed assess the economic outlook and the US presents fresh NFP readings.
S&P Global, a private banking company, will release a monthly change in British Flash Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) on January 24, 11:30 GMT+2. The index is a leading indicator of economic health as businesses react quickly to market conditions, and purchasing managers hold the most current and relevant insight into the company's view of the economy.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics will publish the US Consumer Price Index (CPI) m/m on January 12 at 15:30 GMT+2. The index measures a change in the price of goods and services purchased by consumers.