Looks like the pound’s glory days are over! After its steady climb since the start of the year, the U.K. currency has been having trouble sustaining its gains and here are three reasons why it could be in for more selling.
1. Weakening economic data
As I’ve discussed in my latest economic data roundup on the United Kingdom, consumer spending and housing reports are no longer as rosy as they used to be. For one, slow wage growth appears to be weighing on consumers’ spending habits as the rise in salaries can’t keep up with rising price levels. Meanwhile, the recovery in the housing sector appears to have hit a few road bumps, with falling mortgage approvals and home prices.
Even the manufacturing sector is reflecting signs of a slowdown, as the latest industry PMI fell from 57.2 to 55.4 instead of holding steady as expected. The construction sector isn’t faring so well either, as the PMI dipped from 62.6 to 62.4 in July.
2. Potential shift in BOE stance
With that, the BOE might decide to switch to a more dovish stance in their upcoming interest rate statement. The minutes of their previous monetary policy meeting already indicated that some policymakers are having doubts that the U.K. economy can sustain its strong pace of growth.
Governor Mark Carney himself acknowledged that the outlook for both the global and local economies has been less upbeat. Policymakers zoomed in on the weakness in wage growth as a potential drag to overall economic activity later on.
3. Technicals suggest a reversal
A quick look at the pound charts also suggests that the rallies are about to turn. As Big Pippin pointed out in today’s Daily Chart Art, GBP/USD has broken below an ascending trend line that has been holding since the start of the year.
Even EUR/GBP has made a significant breakout, as price surged past the 100 SMA recently. As you can see from the chart above, this moving average has been holding as a dynamic resistance level for the pair since April.
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