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UK Growth Slows in Q4 – GBP/USD Nudges Higher Against a Strong US Dollar

UK Growth Slows in Q4 – GBP/USD Nudges Higher Against a Strong US Dollar

Nick Cawley, Senior Strategist

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GBP/USD Price, Chart, and Analysis

  • UK GDP increased by an estimated 7.5% in 2021.
  • All eyes on the US dollar after Thursday’s red hot CPI print.
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The UK economy grew by 1% in Q4, missing market expectations of 1.1%, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). UK GDP grew by an estimated 7.5% in 2021, following a 9.4% fall in 2020 the report showed. Monthly estimates show that GDP fell by 0.2% in December but is at its pre-coronavirus level (February 2020).

GBP/USD nudged higher post-release with cable trading around 1.3535. GBP/USD traded as high as 1.3645 on Thursday before the latest US CPI release showed US inflation running at a red hot level of 7.5%, prompting market expectations of up to seven 25 basis point rate hikes this year. There is even mounting talk of a 50 basis point hike at the March meeting and the faint possibility of an intermeeting hike soon.

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GBP/USD 3 Minute Price Chart – February 11, 2022

Retail trader data show 52.76% of traders are net-long with the ratio of traders long to short at 1.12 to 1. The number of traders net-long is 12.54% lower than yesterday and 5.40% lower from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 5.52% lower than yesterday and 11.65% lower from last week.

We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-long suggests GBP/USD prices may continue to fall. Positning is less net-long than yesterday but more net-long from last week. The combination of current sentiment and recent changes gives us a further mixed GBP/USD trading bias.

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of clients are net long. of clients are net short.
Change in Longs Shorts OI
Daily 3% -5% -1%
Weekly 10% 13% 11%
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