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GBP/USD Fundamental Analysis December 21, 2012, Forecast
Analysis and Recommendations:

The GBP/USD continues to climb hitting 1.6272 still off the recent high just under the 1.63 price range.  The U.K. pound stayed higher against the dollar and was little changed versus the euro after a report showed retail sales were unchanged in November. Sales including fuel were unchanged from October, when they fell 0.7 percent, the Office for National Statistics said. The median forecast of 22 economists in a Bloomberg News survey was for a 0.4 percent increase.

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The strong pound is holding back the U.K. economy, the Bank of England said, in its starkest warning yet on Britain’s diminishing export prospects.

Although the sterling exchange rate remains well below levels seen before investment bank Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. collapsed in 2008, recent gains have been “unwelcome” and are eroding British firms’ competitiveness, according to the minutes of the rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee’s December policy meeting.

The pound has gained nearly 4% since the start of the year when measured against the currencies of the U.K.’s major trading partners, in part a reflection of investors fleeing the euro, according to the MPC. Sterling’s real exchange rate, which takes account of differences in prices with other nations, may be too high if Britain is to achieve a long-held ambition to rebalance its economy toward exports and eliminate a persistent current-account deficit, the minute’s record.

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Economic Data December 20, 2012 actual v. forecast

Date

 

Currency

 

 

Event

Actual

 

Forecast

 

Previous

 

 

Dec. 20

 

JPY

 

 

Interest Rate Decision 

0.10%

 

0.10% 

 

0.10% 

 

 

 

 

JPY

 

 

BoJ Press Conference 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DKK

 

 

Danish Retail Sales (YoY) 

-0.5%

 

 

 

-1.8% 

   

 

 

HKD

 

 

Hong Kong CPI (YoY) 

3.70%

 

3.90% 

 

3.80% 

 

 

 

 

GBP

 

 

Retail Sales (MoM) 

0.0%

 

0.3% 

 

-0.7% 

   

 

 

GBP

 

 

Retail Sales (YoY) 

0.9%

 

1.5% 

 

0.8% 

   

 

 

CAD

 

 

Core Retail Sales (MoM) 

0.5%

 

0.2% 

 

0.1% 

   

 

 

CAD

 

 

Retail Sales (MoM) 

0.7%

 

0.1% 

 

0.2% 

   

 

 

USD

 

 

Initial Jobless Claims 

361K

 

357K 

 

344K 

   

 

 

USD

 

 

GDP (QoQ) 

3.1%

 

2.8% 

 

2.7% 

 

 

 

 

USD

 

 

Continuing Jobless Claims 

3225K

 

3199K 

 

3213K 

   

 

 

USD

 

 

Existing Home Sales 

 

 

4.87M 

 

4.79M 

 

 

 

 

USD

 

 

Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index 

 

 

-3.0 

 

-10.7 

 

 

 

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

Date

Time

Currency

Event

Forecast

Previous

Dec. 21

07:00

EUR

GfK German Consumer Climate 

5.9

5.9

 

09:30

GBP

Current Account 

-14.0B

-20.8B

 

09:30

GBP

GDP (QoQ) 

1.0%

1.0%

 

09:30

GBP

GDP (YoY) 

-0.1%

-0.1%

 

13:30

USD

Core Durable Goods Orders (MoM) 

-0.2%

1.8%

 

13:30

USD

Core PCE Price Index (MoM) 

0.1%

0.1%

 

13:30

USD

Durable Goods Orders (MoM) 

0.2%

0.5%

 

13:30

USD

Personal Spending (MoM) 

0.3%

-0.2%

 

14:55

USD

Michigan Consumer Sentiment 

74.7

74.5

Government Bond Auction

Date Time Country 

Dec 21 16:30 Italy  

Dec 26 01:30 Japan 

Dec 27 10:10 Italy  

Dec 28 10:10 Italy 

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