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Pound Looks to Core CPI for Rates Cues, Greece Woes Continue to Fester

Pound Looks to Core CPI for Rates Cues, Greece Woes Continue to Fester

Ilya Spivak, Head Strategist, APAC

Talking Points:

  • British Pound to Overlook Headline UK CPI, Take Cues from Core Figures
  • Greece Woes Remain in Focus as EU Finance Ministers Convene in Brussels
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January’s UK CPI figures are in focus in European trading hours. The headline year-on-year inflation rate is expected to drop to 0.4 percent, the lowest since at least 1989, but the BOE’s sanguine posture on this front will likely dilute the figures’ potency. Speaking in the context of the quarterly Inflation Report released last week, Governor Mark Carney said the central bank intends to look past near-term downside inflation shocks from falling food and oil prices.

Instead, all eyes will be focused on the core CPI print – a reading that excludes the influence of volatile items the BOE has opted to dismiss – which is expected to rise for a second month to 1.4 percent. An upbeat outcome may bolster bets on an interest rate hike this year, driving the British Pound higher. UK price growth data has broadly tended to underperform relative to consensus forecasts over the past two years however. If that proves to foreshadow a disappointing print, the UK unit may retreat.

Meanwhile, EU finance ministers are gearing up for a meeting in Brussels, with the impasse over Greek debt obligations looming large. Another fruitless Eurogroup sit-down yesterday ended with continued stalemate. Greece now has until the end of the week to request an extension of its existing bailout arrangement – a move staunchly opposed by the newly-minted Syriza-led government – or risk running out of cash.

Needless to say, the latter scenario carries potentially disastrous consequences, with the worst-case scenario amounting to Greece’s exit from the Eurozone. With that in mind, investors will be watching with keen interest to see if anything more substantive emerges from today’s outing. While political brinksmanship prior to the emergence of an accord has been the status quo since the onset of Euro area debt woes, the possibility of failureis acutely real. This shrouds the outlook for the Euro and sentiment-sensitive currencies like the Japanese Yen in uncertainty for the time being.

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Asia Session

GMT

CCY

EVENT

ACT

EXP

PREV

22:30

AUD

ANZ Roy Morgan Weekly Consumer Conf

109.8

-

111.7

0:30

AUD

RBA February Meeting Minutes

-

-

-

1:30

CNY

China January Property Prices

-

-

-

1:45

CNY

MNI Business Indicator (FEB)

52.8

-

53.7

European Session

GMT

CCY

EVENT

EXP

PREV

IMPACT

7:00

EUR

EU 25 New Car Registrations (JAN)

-

4.7%

Low

8:00

EUR

EU Finance Ministers Meet in Brussels

-

-

High

9:30

GBP

CPI (MoM) (JAN)

-0.8%

0.0%

High

9:30

GBP

CPI (YoY) (JAN)

0.4%

0.5%

High

9:30

GBP

Core CPI (YoY) (JAN)

1.4%

1.3%

High

9:30

GBP

PPI Input n.s.a. (MoM) (JAN)

-2.4%

-2.4%

Low

9:30

GBP

PPI Input n.s.a. (YoY) (JAN)

-11.9%

-10.7%

Low

9:30

GBP

PPI Output n.s.a. (MoM) (JAN)

-0.3%

-0.3%

Medium

9:30

GBP

PPI Output n.s.a. (YoY) (JAN)

-1.4%

-0.8%

Medium

9:30

GBP

PPI Output Core n.s.a. (MoM) (JAN)

0.1%

0.0%

Medium

9:30

GBP

PPI Output Core n.s.a. (YoY) (JAN)

0.4%

0.8%

Medium

9:30

GBP

RPI (MoM) (JAN)

-0.7%

0.2%

Low

9:30

GBP

RPI (YoY) (JAN)

1.3%

1.6%

Low

9:30

GBP

RPI ex Mort Int. Payments (YoY) (JAN)

1.3%

1.7%

Low

9:30

GBP

ONS House Prices (YoY) (DEC)

9.5%

10.0%

Low

10:00

EUR

German ZEW Survey (Current Situation) (FEB)

30.0

22.4

High

10:00

EUR

German ZEW Survey (Econ. Sentiment) (FEB)

55.0

48.4

High

10:00

EUR

Eurozone ZEW Survey (Econ. Sentiment) (FEB)

-

45.2

Medium

Critical Levels

CCY

Supp 3

Supp 2

Supp 1

Pivot Point

Res 1

Res 2

Res 3

EURUSD

1.1150

1.1259

1.1307

1.1368

1.1416

1.1477

1.1586

GBPUSD

1.5181

1.5281

1.5322

1.5381

1.5422

1.5481

1.5581

--- Written by Ilya Spivak, Currency Strategist for DailyFX.com

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