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GBP/USD: Trading the UK CPI July 2015

British  CPI, released each month,  is the primary gauge of consumer inflation and is keenly anticipated by the markets. A reading which is higher than the market forecast is bullish for the pound.

Here are all the details, and 5 possible outcomes for GBP/USD.

Published on Tuesday at 8:30 GMT.

Indicator Background

Analysts consider CPI one of the most important economic indicators and should be treated as a market-mover by traders. An unexpected reading from British CPI can quickly affect the direction of GBP/USD.

CPI has shown little movement, hovering  close to the zero level since January. The index improved to 0.1% in May, matching expectations. An identical reading is expected in the June report.

Sentiments and levels

Worries about Greece were expressed in the Fed minutes.  The latest  Greek crisis  appears to have been  resolved,  which  helps clear the way for a  Fed hike in September, and any hints  about an imminent hike  would be great news for the greenback. The pound will need strong numbers from CPI and Claimant Count Change in  order to reverse its current slide against the strong dollar. So, the overall sentiment is bearish on GBP/USD towards this release.

Technical levels, from top to bottom: 1.5769, 1.5682, 1.5590, 1.5485, 1.5341, and 1.5269.


5 Scenarios

  1. Within expectations: -0.2% to +0.1%. In this scenario, GBP/USD could show some slight fluctuation, but it is likely to remain within range, without breaking any levels.
  2. Above expectations: +0.2% to +0.5%: A stronger reading than predicted could push the pair above one resistance line.
  3. Well above expectations: Above +0.5%: An unexpectedly  strong rise could push GBP/USD upwards, with a second line of resistance at risk.
  4. Below expectations: -0.7% to -0.3%: A lower than expected reading could pull the pair downwards, with one support level at risk.
  5. Well below expectations: Below -0.7%:  A sharp decline could  see the  pair break below a second  support level.

For more on the pound, see the GBP/USD forecast.

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Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher - Senior Writer A native of Toronto, Canada, Kenneth worked for seven years in the marketing and trading departments at Bendix, a foreign exchange company in Toronto. Kenneth is also a lawyer, and has extensive experience as an editor and writer.