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Rising U.K. Consumer Price Index (CPI) Risks Larger GBP/USD Rebound

Rising U.K. Consumer Price Index (CPI) Risks Larger GBP/USD Rebound

David Song,

- Headline U.K. Consumer Price Index (CPI) to Increase for Second Consecutive Month.

- Core Rate of Inflation to Advance Annualized 1.3% to Mark First Rise in 2016.

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Trading the News: U.K. Consumer Price Index (CPI)

Another uptick in the U.K. Consumer Price Index (CPI) accompanied by a pickup in the core rate of inflation may boost the appeal of the sterling and spur a larger rebound in GBP/USD as it puts increased pressure on the Bank of England (BoE) to normalize monetary policy sooner rather than later.

What’s Expected:

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Why Is This Event Important:

Even though the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is widely expected to preserve the record-low interest rate ahead of the U.K. Referendum in June, heightening price pressures may prompt Governor Mark Carney to adopt a more hawkish tone over the coming months as the BoE sees a risk of overshooting the 2% inflation-target over the policy horizon.

Expectations: Bullish Argument/Scenario

Gross Domestic Product (YoY) (4Q F)1.9%2.1%
Lloyds Business Barometer (MAR)--43
Average Weekly Earnings ex. Bonus (3MoY) (JAN)2.1%2.2%

Improved confidence accompanied by signs of a stronger-than-expected recovery may boost consumer prices, and a marked uptick in the headline as well as the core rate of inflation may spur a bullish reaction in the British Pound as it boosts interest-rate expectations.

Risk: Bearish Argument/Scenario

Trade Balance (FEB)-3.400B-4.840B
Unit Labor Costs (YoY) (4Q)1.9%1.3%
Net Consumer Credit (FEB)1.3B1.3B

Nevertheless, U.K. firms may increase their efforts to draw domestic demand amid the slowdown in private-sector lending accompanied by the weakening outlook for the global economy, and a soft inflation report may spur a near-term selloff in the sterling as market participants push out bets for a BoE rate-hike.How

To Trade This Event Risk(Video)

Bullish GBP Trade: Headline & Core Inflation Upticks in March

  • Need green, five-minute candle following the print to consider a long GBP/USD trade.
  • If market reaction favors buying sterling, long GBP/USD with two separate position.
  • Set stop at the near-by swing low/reasonable distance from entry; look for at least 1:1 risk-to-reward.
  • Move stop to entry on remaining position once initial target is hit, set reasonable limit.

Bearish GBP Trade: U.K. CPI Report Falls Short of Market Expectations

  • Need red, five-minute candle to favor a short GBP/USD trade.
  • Implement same setup as the bullish British Pound trade, just in reverse.

Potential Price Targets For The Release


GBP/USD Daily Chart

Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

  • GBP/USD may continue to track sideways as it preserves the March range, but the bullish tilt on the Relative Strength Index (RSI) may foster a larger rebound over the near-term especially as the pair appears to be carving an inverse head-and-shoulders formation.
  • Interim Resistance: 1.4910 (61.8% retracement) to 1.4930 (38.2% expansion)
  • Interim Support: 1.3870 (78.6% expansion) and 1.4000 pivot

Check out the short-term technical levels that matter for GBP/USD heading into the report!

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Impact that the U.K. CPI has had on GBP during the last release

PeriodData ReleasedEstimateActualPips ChangePips Change



03/22/2016 09:30 GMT0.4%0.3%+12-67

February 2016 U.K. Consumer Price Index (CPI)


The U.K. Consumer Price Index (CPI) unexpectedly held steady at an annualized 0.3% in February, while the core rate of inflation increased 1.2% for the second-consecutive month during the same period. Even though the Bank of England (BoE) sees a ‘solid’ recovery, subdued price growth may keep the central bank on the sidelines throughout the first-half of 2016 especially as the U.K. Referendum clouds the economic outlook for the region. The initial market reaction was largely mixed, with GBP/USD falling back from the 1.4300 handle to end the day at 1.4204.

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--- Written by David Song, Currency Analyst and Shuyang Ren

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