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Elevated GBP/USD Can Probably Go Higher Yet

Elevated GBP/USD Can Probably Go Higher Yet

David Cottle, Analyst

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The UK Pound has climbed to highs against the US Dollar not seen since 2016’s seismic referendum on British membership of the European Union.

There are many macro factors behind its rise, from a broad revival in global risk appetite, the UK’s economic resilience to Brexit uncertainty and rising expectations of higher interest rates from the Bank of England. Its monetary policy committee meets next on May 10, with inflation still above its 2% target and signs of life in wage growth.

But has elevated GBP/USD got any more to give? Well, according to IG’s sentiment indicator, the market is still skewed hugely to the short side. At last look, 70% of participants were there, with only 30% long. This is the sort of skew which can make a good contrarian indicator and which we can expect to see change in short order if this week’s heavyweight UK data hold up.


Of course, there are some darker clouds ahead. For example are signs that the Eurozone’s impressive boom is cracking. Industrial production has now fallen for three straight months. If the coming data underscore this it’s bad news for the UK’s biggest export market, even if the UK cycle doesn’t turn with the EU’s, and it will might.

It may also mean that, even if another rate hike is delivered by the BoE, suspicions will grow that there may not be any, or many, more. Brexit won’t insulate the UK completely from events across the English Channel and, at any rate, it hasn’t happened yet. It is also unlikely that negotiations will remain as benign an influence on sterling as they have been in the recent past.

There will come a time for a rethink on GBP/USD, in which gravity will probably play a part. But the Pound can probably ride this uptrend a little higher yet, especially if the US corporate earnings season lives up to increasingly rosy expectations and keeps risk appetite brisk. The pair is starting to look a little overbought on its daily chart, which shouldn't surprise anyone given its recent vigor. If the bulls can consolidate around current levels then more gains could well be seen towards the high $.143s and even into the $1.44 handle


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--- Written by David Cottle, DailyFX Research

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