GBP Breaking News: Energy Sources Sustain Extreme UK Inflation, Highest Since 1981
POUND STERLING ANALYSIS & TALKING POINTS
- UK inflation soars after energy inputs continue to hurt consumers.
- Chancellor Jeremy Hunt Autumn Statement in focus tomorrow.
- Pound falls post-CPI.
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GBP/USD FUNDAMENTAL BACKDROP
The UK inflation report this morning beat estimates on almost all metrics (see economic calendar below) with the headline read printing decade highs. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the main contributors to the final inflation statistics were electricity, gas and food prices in spite of the Energy Price Guarantee. With energy and food costs impacting essential goods, low and middle income households will be negatively influenced due to a larger portion of their spending going towards essential goods.
GBP/USD ECONOMIC CALENDAR
Source: DailyFX Economic Calendar
Shortly after the CPI report, UK Chancellor Hunt released a statement highlighting the need to make difficult decision to quell inflationary pressures and assist the Bank of England’s (BoE) in their assignment. Markets will know look forward to Thursdays Autumn Statement with great anticipation considering the decline in the UK labor market as a result of sickness and immigration. With the winter months and recessionary fears looming, the UK government and BoE has a tough task ahead.
Looking at current money market pricing for the December meeting below, 59bps is shown which does leave room for either a 50bps or 75bps interest rate hike as an option. I tend to favor a 50bps increment under the current circumstance but there is still more data points ahead of the meeting on December 15th.
BOE INTEREST RATE PROBABILITIES
GBP/USD DAILY CHART
Chart prepared by Warren Venketas, IG
Daily GBP/USD price action saw an rejection at the 1.2000 psychological handle yesterday post U.S. PPI and concerns around Russia potentially bombing Poland (NATO member). This has since presented as a long upper wick exposing a subsequent move lower. The reaction to the UK CPI release has been surprisingly negative for the pound but despite a weaker greenback but should reflect more accurately as European markets come online.
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