The U.K. retail sales report is slated to show a double-digit drop in consumer spending, so I’m looking at this short sterling play.
Asian session traders were in no mood to take on more risk either, which could be bullish for the lower-yielding euro.
Here’s how the majors fared and a quick rundown of the big headlines in the last few of hours:
Fresh Market Headlines & Economic Data:
- China drops 2020 GDP target on account of COVID-19 pandemic
- China imposes national security laws in Hong Kong
- Another batch of protests brewing in Hong Kong
- U.S. senators looking to sanction Chinese officials over HK tensions
- Chinese parliament pledges to implement trade deal with U.S.
- BOJ: No change to interest rates at -0.10%
- BOJ shares details on loan scheme to boost business lending, sets aside 75 trillion JPY for another COVID-19 loan program
- RBNZ head Orr: Willing to use more QE if more stimulus is needed
- New Zealand Q1 headline retail sales down 0.7% vs. projected 1.5% slide
- New Zealand Q1 core retail sales up 0.6% after earlier 0.1% dip
- Fitch affirms Australia’s AAA rating but downgrades outlook to negative
- U.K. GfK consumer confidence index down from -33 to -34
- Japanese national core CPI down 0.2% vs. expected 0.1% decline
Upcoming Potential Catalysts on the Economic Calendar:
- U.K. retail sales and public sector net borrowing at 7:00 am GMT
- ECB monetary policy meeting accounts at 12:30 pm GMT
What to Watch: EUR/GBP
EUR/GBP is cruising higher as its lows since the middle of the month can be connected by an ascending trend line.The pair is currently testing this support level and might be waiting for the next set of major catalysts in order to decide on a bounce or a break.
The U.K. is set to print its April retail sales report and might show a 15.8% slump in consumer spending, worse than the earlier 5.1% decline. The public sector net borrowing report is also coming up.
Stronger than expected results could lead to a break below the area of interest at the trend line, 50% Fib, .8950 minor psychological mark, and former resistance level. If that happens, this pair might be in for a reversal from its climb.Meanwhile, the ECB monetary policy meeting accounts a.k.a. the transcript of the central bank’s latest huddle could also bring some volatility for the shared currency.
Optimistic remarks and sustained risk aversion from the earlier trading session could be enough to boost EUR/GBP back up to the swing high at .9000.