The Boe will keep its benchmark record at 0.5%, the lowest level on record for the 11th month in a row, while the budget for its quantitative easing program will remain at GBP 200 billion. As usual, the Bank has not given any further detail of the meeting, whose minutes are due to be released on January 20.
TJ Marta, chief technical analyst at Marta on the Markets, comments: Cable (1.5905) is down overnight, continuing to falter after trading to a new high since mid-December Monday. It is testing the bottom of the 1.60-1.68 range that has held for most of the time since June. Technical support lies at 1.5833 (Dec30 low) and then 1.5708 (Oct low). Resistance lies at 1.6241 (Jan4 high), 1.6411 (Dec 16 high), 1.6878 (Nov16 high) and 1.7043 (Aug high). The strongest correlates over the past two months for GBP/USD have been the DXY (negative), EUR/USD (positive), the S&P (positive) and crude oil (positive).