GBP/USD Slightly Lower After UK's 2Q GDP Figures Beat Expectations
- 2Q year-on-year GDP expanded 2.2% vs 2.1% expected
- Growth in the production industries increased by 2.1% in Q2
- British Pound moved higher but quickly turned lower on the news
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The British Pound traded lower versus other major currencies (at the time this report was written) after today’s Preliminary 2Q’16 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures showed the UK’s economy grew better than expected.
GDP expanded 0.6% in the three months to June, better than the 0.5% print expected by economists, and the prior figure of 0.4% growth in Q1’16. The year-on-year figure came at 2.2%, better than the expected 2.1% and the prior 2.0% figure.
Looking into the report, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) indicated that growth in the services industries in increased by 0.5% in Q2 while Growth in the production industries increased by 2.1%.
The ONS indicated that growth was boosted by the strong industrial output figures, and services which were mainly in April, and were little changed over the following two months.
This fact might suggest that pre-Brexit worries did make their way into the economy, but were offset by a strong performance in April.
Furthermore, given the fact that the data reflects input from mostly the pre-Brexit era it seems the upbeat numbers were unable to offset a generally negative outlook for the economy, with the first post-Brexit PMIs suggesting a contraction in the next quarter. MPC member Weale said the PMI figures are the best short-term indicator that the bank hasat the moment, and could prove significant for the rate decision next week.
Taken together, this could potentially explain the overall negative reaction by the British Pound.
Meanwhile, the DailyFX Speculative Sentiment Index (SSI) is showing that about 63.1% of traders are long the GBP/USD at the time of writing. The SSI is mainly used as a contrarian indicator, implying weakness ahead.
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GBPUSD 5-Minute Chart: July 27, 2016
--- Written by Oded Shimoni, Junior Currency Analyst for DailyFX.com
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