GBP news, analysis and talking points:
– UK headline inflation was unchanged at 2.4% in May, in line with expectations.
– That’s unlikely to alter a Bank of England decision to leave UK interest rates unchanged next week.
– Meanwhile, GBPUSD is looking technically weak after breaking below trendline support.
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UK inflation stays at 2.4%
Inflation in the UK remained at 2.4% in May, as expected by analysts. That means the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee remains unlikely to raise bank rate from the current 0.5% when it meets next Thursday.
As a result, GBPUSD will likely stay under downward pressure, with the charts showing the pair has broken below support from a rising trendline marking the lower bound of a channel that has been in place since late last month.
GBPUSD Price Chart, One-Hour Timeframe (May 28 – June 13, 2018)
Core inflation was also unchanged, at 2.1% year/year but a rise in oil prices since mid-April could feed through into higher consumer prices in due course, keeping headline inflation above the Bank’s target of 2.0%. Producer prices in the UK are rising too, with the cost of raw materials up 9.2% year/year in May and factory gate prices up 2.9%.
The CPIH measure, which includes housing costs, rose to 2.3% from 2.2%. “Recent large rises in the cost of crude oil have fed through to prices paid by consumers at the pump. Air fares and ferry prices also contributed to the overall increase in inflation due to the timing of Easter. However, these effects have been partly offset by price falls in computer games and energy costs rising by less than this time last year,” said the Office for National Statistics’ Head of Inflation Mike Hardie.
“Annual house price growth continued to slow, with weak growth in London offset by increases in the South West and West Midlands. Nationally, rental prices remained unchanged, with rents in London falling on the year for the first time in nearly eight years,” he added.
Brexit still in focus
Later this session, the UK House of Commons will continue to debate the EU Withdrawal Bill and that too could add to the downward pressure on GBPUSD. UK Prime Minister Theresa May will likely agree to more concessions to keep rebels in her party in line when a further series of votes takes place.
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Bitcoin Net-Longs Slide Into 1-Month Lows
Bitcoin Net-Shorts 5.2% Higher Since Last Week
Bitcoin: Retail trader data shows 76.8% of traders are net-long with the ratio of traders long to short at 3.3 to 1. The number of traders net-long is 1.1% lower than yesterday and 8.0% lower from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 0.5% lower than yesterday and 5.2% higher from last week.
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Bitcoin Net-Long Dip Indicate Bullish Bias
We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-long suggests Bitcoin prices may continue to fall. Yet traders are less net-long than yesterday and compared with last week. Recent changes in sentiment warn that the current Bitcoin price trend may soon reverse higher despite the fact traders remain net-long.
— Written by Yayati Tanwar, DailyFX Research
Canadian Dollar (CAD) Eyes Latest Inflation Report
Canadian Dollar Price, News and Analysis
- Inflation expected unchanged, but any uptick could seal another rate hike in October.
- Canadian economy continues to grow strongly.
Canadian Dollar May Receive a Boost on Latest Inflation Report
The Canadian dollar is currently treading water ahead of the July CPI report with the market expecting a 0.1% month-on-month rise and a 2.5% annualized reading, both unchanged from last month’s strong report. Canadian CPI grew at its fastest rate in over six years in June, due to higher energy prices, and another strong reading today will increase pressure on the Bank of Canada to hike rates again, probably at the October meeting. The central bank has already hiked rates by 0.25% twice this year and by a total of four times in the last 12 months. Last week data showed Canadian unemployment falling to 5.8% from a prior 6% while employment grew by 54.1k against expectations of 17K and a prior month’s 31.8k.
USDCAD has remained in a 1.2950 – 1.3200 range over the last month, despite the strength of the US dollar and fears over the NAFTA negotiations. The pair currently trade at 1.3130, just above 23.6% Fibonacci support at 1.3118 and below the July 24 high at 1.3192. An inline or slightly stronger-than-expected reading would seal another 0.25% rate hike and see USDCAD break lower with the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement at 1.2952 the short-term target. A weaker-than-expected reading today would see the July 24 high under pressure.
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USDCAD Daily Price Chart (January – August 17, 2018)
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USD/CNH & Gold Price Action Point to Reversals Gaining Traction
Gold, USD/CNH Technical Highlights
- Gold price reversal and sentiment supportive of a low
- Correlation between Gold & CNH extremely high
- USD/CNH reversing hard from near Dec ’16 peak
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Gold price reversal and sentiment supportive of a low
On Wednesday, we were discussing the oversold, overly bearish backdrop in gold, but that first we needed to see some type of swift flush and reverse or something of that nature before looking for a low. We didn’t have to wait long, as the past few sessions qualified as flush-and-reverse price behavior, with silver, unsurprisingly and in silver-like fashion, displaying even more capitulation-like behavior, shedding 3 of its 4% in an hour on Wednesday.
As long as gold & silver can hold onto yesterday’s lows on a closing basis, we’re looking for at least a rebound back to the point of origination of the most recent leg lower (~1210 & 15.30). If another leg lower develops we’ll have to reassess.
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Gold Daily Chart (Flush & Reverse)
Correlation between Gold & CNH extremely high
If gold is reversing then so is CNH and vice versa. Gold and CNH have a 3-month correlation of 97%. They are effectively the same market at this juncture. How one plays it is up to the instrument of choice, but be mindful of total risk if trading both.
Gold/CNH Daily Chart (97% 3-mo Correlation)
USD/CNH reversing hard from near Dec ’16 peak
USD/CNH is in the process of carving out a weekly key-reversal bar just shy of the December 2016 high, assuming it doesn’t post a big rally from here. Trade a little higher today or lower and the reversal currently in place will stand as confirmed.
The candle development along with a break in the upward channel on the daily time-frame should usher in more selling, and perhaps in swift fashion. Looking lower, there are minor levels along the way that were carved out as the channel matured, but the broader target is the bottom of the upward grind since last month, right around the 6.60 mark.
USD/CNH Weekly Chart (Key-reversal nearly complete)
USD/CNH Daily Chart (Channel break to send it lower)
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