British Pound Week Ahead: GBP/USD Stumbles, EUR/GBP Tests Support, BoE on Tap
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- Bank of England (BoE) is expected to hike rates by 25bps.
- Cable slips after US NFPs but from a lofty level.
- EUR/GBP testing range support.
The Bank of England is expected to raise the Bank rate by a further 25 basis points next Thursday as part of an ongoing effort to combat super strong and sticky UK inflation. UK headline inflation (10.1%) remains in double-digit territory for the seventh month in a row, while UK inflation of 6.2% is just 0.3% away from the multi-decade high of 6.5% seen in September and October last year. For all the talk that UK inflation will fall away quickly as we head into the second half of the year, there’s nothing, as yet, to be positive about.
UK Headline Inflation
As always, what Governor Bailey says in his post-decision statement and press conference will be key for Sterling going forward. If the BoE remains confident that inflation is going to fall sharply, then the central bank may hint that future rate hikes are not baked-in as yet and remain data-dependent.
GBP/USD is giving back a small part of its recent rally that saw the pair hit a fresh multi-month high of 1.2634 today. The pair may try and reclaim this mark early next week ahead of the BoE, with initial resistance seen at 1.2667 ahead of 1.2742.
GBP/USD Daily Price Chart – May 5, 2023
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Retail trader data show 34.24% of traders are net-long with the ratio of traders short to long at 1.92 to 1.The number of traders net-long is 3.58% higher than yesterday and 12.29% lower from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 0.21% lower than yesterday and 18.32% higher from last week.
We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-short suggests GBP/USD prices may continue to rise. Positioning is less net-short than yesterday but more net-short from last week. The combination of current sentiment and recent changes gives us a further mixed GBP/USD trading bias.
EUR/GBP is sitting on a prior level of horizontal that has held firm this year. The pair are also testing the 200-day moving average for the first time since late August last year. Below here there is little in the way of recent technical support until another area of prior support around the 0.8570 comes into view.
EUR/GBP Daily Price Chart – May 5, 2023
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Retail trader data show 63.17% of traders are net-long with the ratio of traders long to short at 1.71 to 1.Traders are further net-long than yesterday and last week, and the combination of current sentiment and recent changes gives us a stronger EUR/GBP-bearish contrarian trading bias.
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