After falling sharply last week, the British pound is trading sideways this morning. The pound fell last week following the Bank of England's 'dovish hike'. While the BoE raised interest rates by 0.25%, in line with expectations, the Bank dampened the outlook for future rate hikes. Markets had priced in more rate hikes in 2018, which are now looking less likely. The pound is weaker as a result. Now that the BoE event is in the rear view mirror, Brexit negotiations will once again dominate pound trading. We covered our views on the continuing uncertainty regarding the currency in a recent commentary.
GBP/USD is currently just above 1.3070. EUR/GBP is down slightly and the pair is currently trading above 0.8880. The pound is currently flat against both the Australian dollar and the Canadian dollar. GBP/AUD is above 1.7080, while GBP/CAD is just below 1.670.
Looking at the economic calendar for the pound this week, it includes retail sales, GDP estimates and industrial production figures. On Tuesday, we’ll see retail sales numbers and NIESR GDP growth estimates for October. On Thursday, we’ll see RICS Housing Price Balance survey data. Finally, on Friday we’ll see industrial production, manufacturing production and trade balances. Last week, the Bank of England hiked rates while dampening expectations of more rate cuts in the future.
After falling sharply on the BoE's guidance for future interest rates, we are downgrading the pound to bearish in the short-term. While we had warned that the currency was oversold in early October and was looking due for a rebound, the pound has since re-entered normal trading conditions.
After strengthening in the second week of October, we are now neutral on the British pound. The pound rebounded after senior Conservative Party leaders publicly backed Theresa May, suggesting that rumors of May's resignation were unfounded. The pound has been particularly strong against the US dollar and the euro in recent times. After looking overbought on a range of technical indicators, the pound is now back to trading within normal conditions.