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  • GBP/USD has been sliding as markets fade rallies in broader bearish trend, ripe for a break of the 1.28 handle.  
  • GBP/USD looking cheap if your bullish Brexit deal.
  • UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond delivers the UK budget and sees 2019 GDP growth 1.6% vs 1.3% prior.

The pound has been offered since breaching 1.2850 in late London and at the start of the North America trade as the dollar and risk appetite firms up. The dollar has been finding a bid again with US stock markets battling back lost ground on Monday, following suit of a bounce in European bourses.  

Europe’s recovery was sparked by some easing concerns over the impact of the Italian budget crisis amid falling Italian T-bond yields and a narrowing spread with German government bond yields. The DJIA is +0.38%, NASDAQ flat and S&P 500 0.62% in the green at the time of writing.  

Brexit  saga continues, very much up in the air

  • UK’s Hammond: Deal dividend from Brexit to allow further funding for 2019 spending review

Meanwhile, the pound is taking its cues from politics in the UK whereby the stakes are rising for a no deal  Brexit and there are even calls that should there be a no deal second referendum, this could result in the UK remaining in the EU after March 29th. The feeling is that a so-called People’s Vote at the end of the Brexit negotiations is becoming more and more likely and there could be a push for an extension of Article 50 resulting in the UK fully remaining in the EU after March 29. UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond is delivering  the budget and  sees 2019 GDP growth 1.6% vs 1.3% prior. He has been  trying to not be too gloomy about Brexit. However, he has thrown the idea of a  spring statement becoming a “full fiscal event” if needed – in other words, which could be an emergency budget if there is no deal.  

GBP/USD is cheap if Bexit is going to be alright on the night

Viraj Patel, Foreign Exchange Strategist at ING Bank suggested that   GBP’s state of  flummox  presents an opportunity:

“GBP  remains in its usual state of  flummox  as the Brexit impasse continues, with politics at home the biggest stumbling block. Until this is resolved, we expect  GBP/USD to trade below 1.30.  GBP/USD trading 2 big figures below the ‘neutral’ sentiment level of 1.30 presents a good opportunity to buy  GBP  again – if one believes that Brexit will, in fact, be alright on the night. We see  GBP/USD’s short-term gravitational pull at 1.35-1.36 on a Brexit deal being reached this side of Xmas.”

GBP/USD levels

  • EUR/GBP Technical Analysis: Euro bulls grinding up and testing 0.8900 figure

Analysts at Commerzbank remain bullish despite the recent sell-off to below the 1.28 handle. “This is seen as the last defence for the 1.2662 August low.  Currently  we would allow for a very small bounce towards 1.2950/70 ahead of further weakness.” However, the analysts have noted that below 1.2662 would trigger further weakness to the 61.8% retracement of the move 2016-2018 and June 2017 low at 1.2593/89.