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GBP/USD Price Little Moved After UK Q3 GDP Misses Expectations

GBP/USD Price Little Moved After UK Q3 GDP Misses Expectations

Nick Cawley, Senior Strategist
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UK Q3 GDP and GBP/USD Price, Charts and Analysis

  • The UK economy grew by 0.3% in Q3.
  • Moody’s downgrades UK credit outlook due to Brexit ‘paralysis’ and funding fears.

Brand New Q4 2019 GBP and USD Forecasts and Top Trading Opportunities

UK Q3 Growth Positive but Misses Market Expectations.

The UK economy grew by 0.3% in Q3, but the year-on-year figure fell to 1.0% from 1.3%, its lowest level since Q1 2010. According to the ONS, the service and construction sectors provided positive contributions to GDP growth. Monthly GDP contracted by 0.1% in September as expected.

Sterling was little changed on the release and remains above 1.2800 against the US dollar for now. Sterling remains in thrall of UK politics with the two major parties announcing their spending plans over the weekend. The latest CoT shows Sterling short positions reduced further for the eight-consecutive week.

US Dollar Selling Persists, EUR/USD Shorts Soar – CoT Report

GBP/USD Five Minute Price Chart (November 11, 2019)

Ratings agency Moody’s downgraded the UK’s credit outlook to negative from stable on Friday, citing Brexit policy-making paralysis and the potential ramping up of spending in the UK with ‘no clear plan’ of how to finance it. Moody’s is concerned that in the current political climate that there are no attempts to reduce UK debt levels, with both major UK parties promising a huge spending program if elected/re-elected in December. UK government bond yields – gilts – barely moved on Monday as traders looked ahead to the UK growth figures.

On Wednesday there is the latest look at UK inflation data, while on Thursday, October retail sales is announced.

DailyFX Economic Calendar

IG Client Sentiment shows that retail traders are 57% net-long GBP/USD, giving us a bearish contrarian bias.

Traders may be interested in two of our trading guides – Traits of Successful Traders and Top Trading Lessons – while technical analysts are likely to be interested in our latest Elliott Wave Guide.

What is your view on Sterling (GBP) – bullish or bearish?? You can let us know via the form at the end of this piece or you can contact the author at or via Twitter @nickcawley1.

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