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British Pound (GBP) Outlook - GBP/USD Setting Sail Into Potential Cross-Winds

British Pound (GBP) Outlook - GBP/USD Setting Sail Into Potential Cross-Winds

Nick Cawley, Senior Strategist
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British Pound (GBP) Price Outlook

  • Bank Holiday shortened week may see sterling volatility rise.
  • BoE and local elections will drive the domestic agenda.
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GBP/USD has remained in a fairly narrow trading range over the last two weeks and this may well change next week as various monetary and political risks collide. A Bank Holiday shortened week ahead contains the latest Bank of England (BoE) monetary policy decision and economic updates on Thursday, which may well see the central bank begin to tighten policy by reducing the rate at which it purchases UK bonds over the rest of the year. Thursday also sees the UK local elections and special attention needs to be paid to the Scottish elections where an SNP majority may see IndyRef2 back on the agenda. At the end of the week, the latest US jobs data is likely to confirm the ongoing strength of the US economy, likely giving the greenback a bid.

DailyFX analyst Justin McQueen will be taking an in-depth look at next week’s potential Sterling cross-winds in his weekly GBP Fundamental Forecast posted later today.

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The daily chart GBP/USD chart shows cable currently trading in a 1.3850-1.4010 range with positive sentiment still intact off a rising trendline. This range needs to broken convincingly – a close and open above or below either resistance or support – to change the recent trend before next week’s data and events come into play. End-of-month fund re-positioning flows are currently seen as marginally positive for GBP/USD at today’s 15:00 GMT fix, while US PCE (12:30 GMT) and Michigan Consumer Sentiment (14:00 GMT) are also released today and should be closely followed.

GBP/USD Daily Price Chart (October 2020 – April 30, 2021)

GBP/USD Bearish
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of clients are net long. of clients are net short.
Change in Longs Shorts OI
Daily 3% -21% -8%
Weekly 51% -38% -3%
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Retail trader data show 50.75% of traders are net-long with the ratio of traders long to short at 1.03 to 1.We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-long suggests GBP/USD prices may continue to fall.

Yet traders are less net-long than yesterday and compared with last week. Recent changes in sentiment warn that the current GBP/USD price trend may soon reverse higher despite the fact traders remain net-long.

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

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