GBP/USD Fundamental Analysis May 30, 2012, Forecast

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Analysis and Recommendations:

The GBP/USD is holding firm with little activity today, trading at 1.5681. The UK calendar is thin with only the CBI distributive trades survey scheduled for release which reported well above forecast, but it is a minor report with little market affects. . Recently UK eco data were far from inspiring. Another negative surprise might fuel speculation on the need for more QE from the BoE in the near future. 

Second and third tier data is all that faces US markets today as more of the emphasis will be placed upon catching up to events of the past few days.  US consumer confidence disappointed reporting well under forecast. 

The Greek polls knocked Syriza back to second place and boosted the pro bail-out parties, but they are not materially different than what the polls were saying prior to the May 6th election that led to a divided outcome.  US markets also have fresh if albeit modest steps toward stimulus by China to factor against hard landing concerns.

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Economic Data for May 29, 2012 actual v. forecast

Date

 

Currency

 

 

 

Event

Actual

 

Forecast

 

Previous

 

 

May 29

 

JPY

 

 

 

Unemployment Rate 

4.6%

 

4.5% 

 

4.5% 

 

 

 

 

JPY

 

 

 

Retail Sales (YoY) 

5.8%

 

6.3% 

 

10.3% 

 

 

 

 

AUD

 

 

 

HIA New Home Sales (MoM) 

6.9%

 

 

 

-9.4% 

 

 

 

 

GBP

 

 

 

CBI Distributive Trades Survey 

21

 

-7 

 

-6 

 

 

 

 

EUR

 

 

 

German CPI (MoM) 

-0.2%

 

-0.1% 

 

0.2% 

 

 

 

 

EUR

 

 

 

German CPI (YoY) 

1.9%

 

2.0% 

 

2.1% 

 

 

 

 

USD

 

 

 

CB Consumer Confidence 

64.9

 

70.0 

 

68.7 

  

 

Upcoming Economic Events that affect the CHF, EUR, GBP and USD

Date

Time

Currency

 

Previous

May 30

7:00

CHF

KOF Economic Barometer

0.40

8:00

EUR

M3 Money Supply y/y

3.2%

8:30

GBP

Net Lending to Individuals m/m

1.4B

14:00

USD

Pending Home Sales m/m

4.1%

23:01

GBP

GfK Consumer Confidence

-31

May 31

5:45

CHF

GDP q/q

0.1%

31st-3rd

EUR

German Retail Sales m/m

0.8%

6:45

EUR

French Consumer Spending m/m

-2.9%

7:55

EUR

German Unemployment Change

19K

9:00

EUR

CPI Flash Estimate y/y

2.6%

12:15

USD

ADP Non-Farm Employment Change

119K

12:30

USD

Prelim GDP q/q

2.2%

12:30

USD

Unemployment Claims

370K

13:45

USD

Chicago PMI

56.2

15:00

USD

Crude Oil Inventories

0.9M

Jun 1

TBD

GBP

Halifax HPI m/m

 

7:15

CHF

Retail Sales y/y

4.2%

7:30

CHF

SVME PMI

46.9

7:45

EUR

Italian Manufacturing PMI

43.8

8:30

GBP

Manufacturing PMI

50.5

9:00

EUR

Unemployment Rate

10.9%

12:30

USD

Non-Farm Employment Change

115K

12:30

USD

Unemployment Rate

8.1%

12:30

USD

Core PCE Price Index m/m

0.0%

12:30

USD

Personal Spending m/m

0.2%

12:30

USD

ISM Manufacturing PMI

0.3%

14:00

USD

S&P/CS Composite-20 HPI y/y

54.8

Government Bond Auctions

Date  Time  Country 

May 30  09:10  Italy

May 30  09:10  Sweden 

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