GBP/USD – British Pound Edges Lower as Manufacturing Production Slows

The British pound has posted slight losses in the Wednesday session. In North American trade, GBP/USD is trading at 1.3510, down 0.23% on the day. In economic news, British Manufacturing Production slowed to 0.4% in November, down from 0.7% a month earlier. Still, this beat the estimate of 0.3%. Over in the US, Import Prices slowed to 0.1%, short of the estimate of 0.4%. On Thursday, the US releases PPI reports and unemployment claims.

The US dollar is under pressure, after a report on Wednesday that China was considering slowing or halting the purchase of US government bonds. China boasts the largest currency reserves, estimated at $3 trillion. It is also the biggest holder of US government bonds, in the amount of $1.19 trillion. Why would China make this move? One reason is that it may consider US treasuries less attractive compared to other assets. As well, it could be part of China’s strategy to flex some muscle as a possible trade war looms between the US and China, which are the two largest economies in the world. The report has pushed US Treasury yields higher and sent the US dollar downwards.

Brexit negotiations have been slow and difficult, as Europe is not keen on rewarding Britain for departing the European Union. There are serious divisions within the government with regard to the talks. and May has to walk carefully, as she has a razor thin majority in parliament, Prime Minister May can ill afford any mistakes, and if her government runs into trouble, she may be forced to call elections, which could shake up the markets and send the pound downwards. The public is almost evenly split on whether Brexit is a good idea, and there are serious concerns that the British economy will take a hit, even if a deal is worked out before the March, 2019 deadline. The parties do not have a lot of time to hammer out a host of trade issues, and all indications are that the negotiations road will be bumpy and difficult.

GBP/USD Fundamentals

Wednesday (January 10)

  • 4:30 British Manufacturing Production. Estimate 0.3%. Actual 0.4%
  • 4:30 British Goods Trade Balance. Estimate -10.9B. Actual -12.2B
  • 4:30 British Construction Output. Estimate 0.7%. Actual -0.4%
  • 4:30 British Industrial Production. Estimate 0.4%. Actual 0.4%
  • 7:13 British NIESR GDP Estimate. Estimate 0.6%
  • 8:30 US Import Prices. Estimate 0.4%
  • 10:00 US Final Wholesale Inventories. Estimate 0.7%. Actual 0.8%
  • 10:30 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate -3.9M. Actual -4.9M
  • 13:01 US 10-year Bond Auction

Thursday (January 11)

  • 4:30 BoE Credit Conditions Survey
  • 8:30 US PPI. Estimate 0.2%
  • 8:30 US Core PPI. Estimate 0.2%
  • 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 246K

*All release times are GMT

*Key events are in bold

GBP/USD for Wednesday, January 10, 2018

GBP/USD January 10 at 11:50 EDT

Open: 1.3541 High: 1.3562 Low: 1.3482 Close: 1.3510

GBP/USD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.3221 1.3402 1.3503 1.3655 1.3809 1.3901

GBP/USD inched lower in the Asian session. In European trade, the pair edged lower but reversed directions and moved higher. The pair has inched lower in North American trade

  • 1.3503 was tested earlier in support and is a weak support level
  • 1.3655 is the next resistance line

Current range: 1.3503 to 1.3655

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.3503, 1.3402, 1.3221 and 1.3186
  • Above: 1.3655, 1.3809 and 1.3901

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

GBP/USD ratio is unchanged in the Wednesday session. Currently, short positions have a majority (59%), indicative of trader bias towards GBP/USD continuing to move lower.

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Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher

Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Kenny Fisher joined OANDA in 2012 as a Currency Analyst. Kenny writes a daily column about current economic and political developments affecting the major currency pairs, with a focus on fundamental analysis. Kenny began his career in forex at Bendix Foreign Exchange in Toronto, where he worked as a Corporate Account Manager for over seven years.