Rule: While the ranges are wider (and so should stops be), the lines are rather distinctive, especially towards the borders of the long term wide range. This pair makes for good trades, with the new austerity program implemented in the UK, the GBP is moving more on Fundamentals now.
- The interest rate differential between the Bank of England (BoE) and the Federal Reserve
- High yield and attractive growth in the UK drives GBP/USD higher
Analysis and Recommendation:
The GBP/USD is down at 1.5834 on strength in the USD. Earlier last week it looked like the sterling might break the 1.60 mark but was stopped at 1.5974. The UK which has already adopted a strong fiscal goal and has continued to reduce debt and deficit spending is starting to see results. On Wednesday sterling was hit by a new selling wave after the publication of the Minutes of the previous BoE meeting. The voting pattern at the February meeting was 7-2 to raise the amount of asset purchases by £50 billion. Two members voted in favor of an increase by £75 billion. Markets apparently saw the combination of 2 voters in favor of more QE while no one voted to leave the amount of asset purchases unchanged as keeping the door open for an additional move of the BoE in the future. BoE's Miles, one of the dissenters, defended its approach in detail in the press.
Both the USD and the pound are showing strength and it will be a battle this week to see who is strongest.
Only Good News from the US:
Existing home sales US existing home sales picked up unexpectedly in January, but the previous figures were downwardly revised.
Initial jobless claims US initial jobless claims stayed unchanged in the week ending February the 18th, while the consensus was looking for an increase.
University of Michigan consumer confidence The final figure of Michigan consumer confidence for February showed a strong upward, revision from 72.5 to 75.3, while only a minor one was expected.
New home sales After increasing for four consecutive months, US new home sales dropped at the start of 2012.
Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke testified before the Senate, this week, the markets found his comments a bit dovish and drew conclusions that any additional QA was off the table for the time being. Although the Chairman warned that the economy was recovering, he stated it was fragile and he was still worried about jobs. Gold soared on his comments.
News from the Eurozone
This week starts off with an agreement on the Greek bailout and approval from the EU, ECB and IMF. Greece passes a major hurdle and now needs to complete their agreement with the IIF.
There are worries about the CDS swaps triggering a credit event, at first, the initial ruling ruled that there would be no credit event, but it turns out that ruling was on a very small question concerning the ECB, it seems now that now that Greece has passed the new laws so they can force bondholders to accept the agreement, it will now trigger a credit event and CDS insurance will have to payout.
The ECB, liquidity operation, although successful, loans funds to over 800 banks, in excess of 500 billion euros. Markets are now worried about the consequences.
Spain reported that they will miss their budget deficit target this year, but still remain on track for 2013.
The EU approved the next tranche for Portugal.
The G20 meeting in Mexico ended without any results with non euro nations saying that the eurozone needs to pick up their game and show their money before any others would consider participating.
The EU Summit this past week went off quietly without much in the way of announcements.
Consumer confidence European Commission's consumer confidence improved for a second straight month in February. Consumer confidence rose from -20.7 to -20.2, marginally weaker than expected (-20.1).
Industrial new orders Euro zone industrial new orders rebounded by 1.9% M/M in December, while only a moderate pick up was expected.
IFO business climate indicator The German IFO index rose for a fourth consecutive month in February. The indicator jumped from 108.3 to 109.6, while a more moderate increase was expected.
Manufacturing PMI Euro zone manufacturing PMI extended its rebound in February, rising for a third consecutive month, but at a slower pace. Services PMI After three consecutive increases, euro zone services PMI fell back in February, from 50.4 to 49.4, while a slight increase was expected.
In January, the euro zone unemployment rate rose unexpectedly. The unemployment rate jumped from an upwardly revised 10.6% (earlier reported as 10.4%) to 10.7%, while the consensus was looking for stabilization at 10.4%. Eurostat estimates that the number of people unemployed rose by 185 000 in the euro area in January, to a total level of 16.925 million. The highest unemployment rates were observed in the Spain (23.3%), Greece (19.9% in November), Ireland and Portugal (both 14.8%). The youth unemployment rate (under 25) was 21.6% in the euro zone. The euro zone unemployment rate is now at the highest level since October 1997 and is just 0.2% below its all time high, suggesting that a jump above the all-time highs is not excluded in the coming months.
Highest: 1.681 USD on 17 Nov 2009.
Average: 1.5807 USD over this period
Only Major Events:
Please refer to the daily forecasts for all economic data releases for each day, with details and forecast.
ADP Nonfarm Employment Change
Interest Rate Decision
Interest Rate Decision
Initial Jobless Claims
ECB President Draghi Speaks
Chinese CPI (YoY)
1st of the month global economic data releases actual v. forecast
Building Approvals (MoM)
Private New Capital Expenditure (QoQ)
Indian Trade Balance
Nationwide HPI (MoM)
French Manufacturing PMI
German Manufacturing PMI
Polish GDP (YoY)
Core PCE Price Index (MoM)
Personal Spending (MoM)
Initial Jobless Claims
Continuing Jobless Claims
ISM Manufacturing Index
Fed Chairman Bernanke Testifies
South Korean CPI (YoY)
Tokyo Core CPI (YoY)
Government Bond Auction Schedule
Mar 05 10:10 Norway Bond auction
Mar 06 10:10 Greece Auctions 6M T-bills
Mar 06 10:15 Austria Bond auction
Mar 06 10.30 UK Auctions 0.75% 2034 I/L Gilt
Mar 06 15:30 UK Details gilt auction on Mar 15
Mar 07 10:10 Sweden Nominal bond auction
Mar 07 10:30 Germany Eur 4.0bn Feb 2017 Bobl
Mar 07 10.30 UK Auctions new Sep 2017 conventional Gilt
Mar 08 16:00 US
Announces auctions of 3Y Notes on Mar 12, 10Y Notes on Mar
13 & 30Y Bonds on Mar 14
GBP/USD Pivot Points (Time Frame: 1 Day)
Name S3 S2 S1 Pivot R1 R2 R3