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Jun 21 - 01:55 PM

GBP/USD - COMMENT-Sterling's 100-DMA Tested, Daily Cloud Top At 1.2596 In Focus

By Paul Spirgel  —  Jun 21 - 10:20 AM

GBP/USD fell below 100-DMA support at 1.2640 to a 5-week low at 1.2622 on Friday and is likely to extend these losses as bears target the daily cloud top at 1.2596 and 200-DMA at 1.2558 following soft UK PMI data and dovish BoE rate expectations.

Sterling has fallen from June 12 highs by 1.2860 since after the Fed delivered a hawkish hold, and downside momentum picked up after Thursday's dovishly presented BoE decision to keep rates steady.

The slope of U.S. and UK inflation reduction may highlight upcoming UK-U.S.
rate divergence.

Since September, the downward slope of UK inflation has measured 33 degrees, versus a more modest 12 degrees for U.S. price growth over the same period.

With U.S. inflation and growth relatively strong, the Fed is likely to keep rates high-for-longer.
Market expectations of BoE policy is shifting with some seeing a 5-4 or 6-3 vote at the August MPC, if UK inflation and growth data remains on its current trajectory U.S. and UK rate paths may uncouple adding to GBP weakness.

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