GBP/USD Outlook July 15-19

The  pound finally broke out with a strong week, as GBP/USD  climbed 140 points.  The pair closed just above the 1.5000 line. This week’s key events include CPI, Claimant Count Change, and Retail Sales. Here is an outlook of the events and an updated technical analysis for GBP/USD.

The pound had a strong week, posting  gains against  the dollar. However, this rise was  due to the broad weakness of the dollar rather than strength in the pound. The  British currency  jumped on the bandwagon as the US Federal Reserve cooled down expectations of QE tapering, sending the greenback lower against the major currencies.


GBP/USD graph with support and resistance lines on it. Click to enlarge:   GBP USD Forecast July 15-19th

  1. Rightmove HPI: Sunday, 23:01. This housing inflation indicator provides a snapshot of activity in the UK housing sector. The June release dropped to 1.2%, the smallest gain in 2013. The markets will be looking for some improvement in the July reading.
  2. CPI: Tuesday, 8:30. There are a string of inflation releases on Tuesday, highlighted by CPI. The index has been fairly steady in 2013, and the markets estimates have been accurate. The markets are anticipating a jump to 3.0% in the upcoming release, which would be the sharpest gain in over a year.
  3. PPI Input: Tuesday, 8:30.  PPI Input looks at the change in prices incurred by British manufacturers for the purchase of  goods and raw materials. The index has posted three consecutive declines, pointing to weak activity in the UK manufacturing sector. Another drop is expected in the July release, with an estimate of -0.1%.
  4. RPI: Tuesday, 8:30. The Retail Price Index is similar to CPI, but includes housing costs, which CPI does not. The index has been fairly steady, and market estimates have been accurate. The estimate for the July release stands at 3.4%, which would be the sharpest gain since May 2012.
  5. BOE Executive Director Paul Fisher Speaks: Tuesday, 10:30. Fisher will speak about QE at a hearing of the Treasury Select Committee in London. Remarks which are considered more hawkish than expected could push up the pound.
  6. Claimant Count Change: Wednesday, 8:30. This is a key indicator, and can affect the movement of GBP/USD. The indicator has come in below the estimate for four consecutive months, and the markets are expecting another solid showing in July, with an estimate of -7.9 thousand. The Unemployment Rate, which has been at 7.8% for the past two months, is expected to remain unchanged.
  7. MPC Asset Purchase Facility Votes: Wednesday, 8:30. This release details the breakdown of the MPC vote on the last Asset Purchase Facility decision. The past several decisions had a 6-3 majority, but the markets are expecting a 7-2 breakdown at the last vote. There  could be  added drama since this past  vote was the first under the helm of new BOE governor Mark Carney.
  8. MPC  Official Bank  Rate  Votes: Wednesday, 8:30. The markets are expecting the breakdown on this vote to be a unanimous 9-0 decision, which has  been the case for every vote since August 2011.
  9. Average Earnings Index: Wednesday, 8:30. This consumer inflation indicator measures the amount of inflation in  labor  costs incurred  by  businesses and government. The index rose sharply to 1.3% last month, and the markets are expecting another rise of 1.4%, which would equal the sharpest gain registered in 2013.
  10. Retail Sales: Thursday, 8:30. After a sharp decline in the May release, Retail Sales bounced back last month, climbing 2.1%, easily beating the estimate of 0.8%. This matched its best performance of 2013. The markets are bracing  for a much  smaller gain  this time around, with an estimate of 04%. Will the indicator again  surprise the  markets with and beat the prediction?
  11. Public Sector Net Borrowing: Friday, 8:30. The government has posted budget deficits since January, so overspending continues to be a serious problem. The deficit grew to 10.5 billion pounds in the June reading, but this was below the estimate of 12.7 billion. The markets are expecting a better result in the July release, with an estimate of 9.4  billion pounds.

Live chart of GBP/USD:     [do action=”tradingviews” pair=”GBPUSD” interval=”60″/]

GBP/USD Technical Analysis

It was a busy week for the pair. GBP/USD opened the week at 1.4859. The pair  dropped to a low  of 1.4813, as the support line of 1.4781 remained firm (discussed  last week). GBP/USD  but roared back with sharp gains, climbing to a high of 1.5221. The pair then lost some ground, and closed the week at 1.5101.

Technical lines from top to bottom:

With the pound racking up some gains, we start at higher ground.

There is strong resistance at 1.5648. This line has held firm since mid-June, when the pound began a sharp downturn which saw it drop below the 1.49 line.  1.5550 is the next resistance line.

1.5484 saw some action in mid-June, and strengthened as GBP moved sharply lower.

1.5350 was a key resistance line in April, and has remained in place  since mid-June.  This is followed by 1.5258, which  reverted to a resistance role after providing support since late May.

The line of 1.5196 follows. It  was breached as the pound surged higher, but remained in place at the   end of the week.

Next is  1.5110. This line is providing weak resistance, and could be tested early next week.

1.5000 is a critical  level. It was providing resistance last week, but has reverted to a support role. This is followed by support at 1.4897, which has seen activity in July, as the dollar  moved higher.

1.4781 face some pressure as the pair dropped close  to the 1.48 level early in the week. This line  has remained intact since  June 2010.

This is followed by 1.4529, which has strengthened as the pair trades at higher levels.

We wrap up with support at 1.4346.  This line  saw a  fair bit of action in the first quarter of 2009, and was last tested in  June 2010.


I  remain  bearish  on GBP/USD.

The pound had  a strong week, taking advantage of a  broadly weaker US dollar. However, we’ve seen the greenback rebound quickly in the past and with most US numbers looking solid, the dollar could bounce back. There are some key British releases this week, and if these  disappoint, the pound could take a hit.

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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.