GBP/USD Forecast May 22 – 26

GBP/USD rebounded last week, gaining 150 points. The pair closed at 1.3028. This week’s key events are the Inflation Hearings and Secondary Estimate GDP. Here is an outlook for the highlights of this week and an updated technical analysis for GBP/USD.  

The pound took full advantage as investors soured on the dollar, due to scandals surrounding the Trump administration Trump has been accused of interfering in an investigation by FBI director James Comey, raising suspicion of obstruction of justice by Trump. The US dollar fell on market concerns that growth-friendly policies such as tax reform and increased fiscal spending could be stalled. As well, US construction numbers were soft. Strong consumer data in the UK also boosted the pound, as both CPI and retail sales beat estimates.


GBP/USD graph with support and resistance lines on it. Click to enlarge:

  • Rightmove HPI: Sunday, 23:01. This house inflation report helps analysts gauge the strength of the housing sector. The indicator continued to soften in April, with a reading of 1.1%. Will the indicator rebound with a stronger reading for May?
  • Public Sector Net Borrowing: Tuesday, 8:30. The UK deficit ballooned to GBP 4.4 billion in March, larger than the estimate of GBP 2.6 billion. Will we see an improvement in the April release?
  • Inflation Report Hearings: Tuesday, 9:00. BoE Governor Mark Carney will testify before a parliamentary committee. Lawmakers will be keen to know if the BoE is considering raising interest rates due to rising inflation. This event should be treated as a market-mover.
  • CBI Realized Sales: Tuesday, 10:00. Sales volume for retailers and wholesalers sparkled in April, jumping to 38 points. This figure crushed the estimate of 6 points. Will the indicator repeat with another strong reading?
  • Second Estimate GDP: Thursday, 8:30: Preliminary GDP posted a gain of 0.3%, shy of the forecast of 0.4%. The markets are expecting an upwards revision of this figure, with Second Estimate GDP expected at 0.7%.
  • Preliminary Business Investment: Thursday, 8:30.Business investment is a key driver of economic growth, and the quarterly release magnifies the impact of each reading. In Q4, the indicator declined 1.0%, short of the estimate of 0.0%. Will the indicator rebound in Q1?
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