GBP/USD Rate Reversal May Accelerate as NZD/USD Price Rises
Asia Pacific Market Open Talking Points
- British Pound depreciation may extend on sentiment, technical signals
- The New Zealand Dollar may gain on local credit card spending data
- Anti-risk Japanese Yen may fall if Asia Pacific stocks follow S&P 500
British Pound Slides as New Zealand Dollar Gains
The British Pound was the worst-performing major currency on Thursday, extending declines in the aftermath of last week’s UK general election. Losses accelerated once yesterday’s Bank of England rate decision crossed the wires, allowing the fundamental risk of no-deal Brexit to reinstate itself for GBP. The central bank left rates unchanged, though downgrading 4Q GDP estimates as CPI is expected to slow ahead.
On the flip side of the table, the sentiment-linked Australian Dollar and New Zealand Dollar had a fairly rosy session. The former was propped up by better-than-expected local employment data in addition to the “risk-on” tone from US stock exchanges. The S&P 500 and Dow Jones ended the day 0.45 percent and 0.49% to the upside respectively.
Investors have had near-term reason to chase returns in equities following the “phase one” US-China trade agreement. This has also fueled gains in sentiment-linked crude oil prices on what could be an improving outlook for global growth. The haven-linked US Dollar aimed cautiously lower as traders’ need for preserving capital and prioritizing liquidity was diminished.
Friday’s Asia Pacific Trading Session
Asia Pacific benchmark stock indexes may follow Wall Street higher as the week wraps up, pressuring the anti-risk Japanese Yen. This may bode well for the sentiment-linked AUD and NZD. The New Zealand Dollar may rise on local credit card spending for November. Data out of the country has been tending to increasingly outperform relative to expectations as of late, opening the door to continuation ahead.
British Pound Technical Analysis
The British Pound may be reversing its dominant uptrend from September after GBP/USD confirmed an Evening Star. This is a bearish candlestick pattern. Prices have also taken out near-term rising support from October. That may push the currency pair towards November lows with 1.2950 standing in the way as immediate support. Simultaneously, an uptick in net long positioning may add fuel to GBP’s descent.
Chart of the Day – GBP/USD
--- Written by Daniel Dubrovsky, Currency Analyst for DailyFX.com
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