GBP/USD Fundamental Analysis August 24, 2012, Forecast

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Analysis and Recommendations:

The GBP/USD dipped after trading above the 1.59 level earlier today Sterling is flat from yesterday’s close, holding on to gains of 1.0% in the past two sessions, buoyed by developments related to expectations for international policy action.  GBP has meaningfully breached the upper limit of its two month range at 1.58, leaving it open to rally towards the psychologically important 1.60 level.  Tomorrow’s GDP revision is the key release for the week, and the anticipation of an improvement should propel GBPUSD higher on relative central bank policy expectations.  Regarding BoE policy, MPC member Weale (a hawk) has spoken of ‘perverse effects’ related to further interest rate cuts. 

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Economic Data August 23, 2012 actual v. forecast

Aug. 23

 

CNY

 

 

 

Chinese HSBC Manufacturing PMI 

47.80

 

 

 

49.30 

 

 

EUR

 

 

 

German GDP (QoQ) 

0.3%

 

0.3%

 

0.3% 

 

 

EUR

 

 

 

German GDP (YoY) 

0.5%

 

0.5%

 

0.5% 

 

 

EUR

 

 

 

French Manufacturing PMI 

46.2

 

43.6

 

43.4 

 

 

EUR

 

 

 

German Manufacturing PMI 

45.1

 

43.4

 

43.0 

 

 

SEK

 

 

 

Swedish Unemployment Rate 

7.00%

 

7.20%

 

8.80% 

 

 

EUR

 

 

 

Manufacturing PMI 

45.3

 

44.2

 

44.0 

 

 

NOK

 

 

 

Norwegian GDP (QoQ) 

1.2%

 

1.0%

 

1.5% 

 

 

GBP

 

 

 

BBA Mortgage Approvals 

28.4K

 

28.2K

 

25.9K 

 

 

GBP

 

 

 

CBI Distributive Trades Survey 

-3

 

15

 

11 

 

 

USD

 

 

 

Initial Jobless Claims 

372K

 

365K

 

368K 

 

 

USD

 

 

 

Continuing Jobless Claims 

3317K

 

3300K

 

3313K 

 

 

USD

 

 

 

New Home Sales 

 

 

365K

 

350K 

 

Upcoming Economic Events that affect the CHF, EUR, GBP and North American markets

Aug. 24

08:00

 

HUF

 

 

Hungarian Retail Sales (YoY) 

 

 

-2.40% 

 

-2.50% 

 

09:30

 

GBP

 

 

Business Investment (QoQ) 

 

 

2.8% 

 

1.9% 

 

09:30

 

GBP

 

 

GDP (QoQ) 

 

 

-0.5% 

 

-0.7% 

 

09:30

 

GBP

 

 

GDP (YoY) 

 

 

-0.6% 

 

-0.8% 

 

13:30

 

USD

 

 

Core Durable Goods Orders (MoM) 

 

 

0.5% 

 

-1.4% 

 

13:30

 

USD

 

 

Durable Goods Orders (MoM) 

 

 

2.4% 

 

1.3% 

Government Bond Auctions

Date  Time  Country 

23/8  05:45  Japan 

23/8  11:30  UK 

23/8  19:00  US 

27/8  11:30  Germany 

28/8  10:30  Spain

28/8  11:00  Italy 

28/8  19:00  US 

29/8  11:00  Italy 

29/8  19:00  US 

30/8  05:35  Japan

30/8  11:00  Italy 

30/8  19:00  US

 

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