British Pound (GBP) Forecast: Cable Extends Gains after Strong UK GDP Print
- UK GDP – ACT: 6.6%; EST: 6.5%.
- GBP/USD option expiry could sustain upside for today.
- IG Client Sentiment: Mixed
CABLE FUNDAMENTAL BACKDROP
GBP Extends Gains: This morning sterling is trading higher against the U.S. dollar after better than expected GDP numbers (see graphic below), while a weaker greenback has contributed to the short-
GBP Extends Gains: Increased price pressure on housing adds to the inflationary burden on the UK economy however, consumers have remained resilient up until now with pent up savings from COVID-19 buoying the property sector. With inflation set to continue, household incomes could diminish further should the appreciation of key commodities including oil and natural gas endure.
From the U.S. perspective, core PCE data is the focus this afternoon. Should data come in line with forecasts or surpass 5.5% we may see a pullback in GBP/USD as hawkish pressure mounts on the Fed.
GBP/USD ECONOMIC CALENDAR
Later today (New York cut), we look forward to fairly substantial GBP/USD option expiry:
- 1.3195-00 (693m)
Generally, markets tend to advance toward the expiry level (1.3195) as the option expiry draws closer. In this case, with cable trading around 1.3136 (at the time of writing), we could see upside price pressure on the pair towards 1.3195.
GBP/USD TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
GBP/USD DAILY CHART
After a soft start in the Asian session, the GBP/USD daily candle is now representative of a long legged doji and often points to market indecision. Upside has been capped around the key area of confluence between the 20-day EMA (purple) and the 38.2% Fibonacci at 1.3164. A candle close above these levels could open up room for subsequent resistance levels
Key resistance levels:
- 20-day EMA (purple)
- 1.3164 – 38.2% Fibonacci
Key support levels:
- Channel support 1 (black)
HESITANT IG CLIENT SENTIMENT
IG Client Sentiment Data (IGCS) shows retail traders are currently LONG on GBP/USD, with 72% of traders currently holding long positions (as of this writing).