|Day's Range||1.247 - 1.247|
|52 Week Range||1.1959 - 1.3349|
The SNB left its base rate unchanged while cutting growth and inflation view. In doing so, it said it “remains willing to intervene in the foreign exchange market as necessary.” The BOE surprised no one when it held its policy rate unchanged at 0.75% in a unanimous vote. The BOJ kept monetary policy on hold but hinted at possible action in October.
The British pound went back and forth during the week, testing the 1.25 level on both sides showing a bit of a neutral candle stick. However, we are running into a significant amount of resistance, so this could be a hit as to the next move.
The British pound initially tried to rally during the trading session on Friday but gave back quite a bit of the gains and now seems to be ready to show signs of exhaustion and perhaps finally roll over for a longer-term move.
During September, the British pound is struggling to get out of the pit where it fell on the fear of no-deal Brexit. This decline sent GBPUSD in August and early September to levels that had not been consistently achieved since 1985. However, it also probably attracted the interest of speculators who consider the current historically low levels as an excellent opportunity to buy over-sold British currency.
The Canadian, Mexican and British currencies are trading sideways on Friday. With no U.S. fundamental releases on the schedule, I expect an uneventful North American session.
The British pound is set to post the largest weekly gain among its major currency counterparts as progress towards an EU exit continues to head in a positive direction.
The British pound jumped against rivals on Friday after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said a Brexit deal was possible. Juncker made the comments in an interview with Sky News late Thursday and the remarks reassured some investors who are worried a no-deal Brexit for Britain was a growing possibility. "I had a meeting with Boris Johnson, the prime minster. this was a rather positive meeting, although the British press was reporting it in the other way. We can have a deal," he said. U.K. Prime Minister Johnson held talks with Juncker earlier this week. The pound rose 0.3% against the dollar to $1.2571 and gained 0.3% against the euro to 1.1344.
The British pound has gone back and forth over the last couple of days, as we are hanging just below the crucial 1.25 handle. That’s an area that obviously would attract a lot of attention, but it also has a lot of technical factors attached to it as well.
The Bank of England voted unanimously to hold interest rates at 0.75% and maintain its government purchases at £435 billion. The Bank of England said underlying growth has slowed, but remains slightly positive, and that a degree of excess supply appears to have opened up within companies. "Entrenched Brexit uncertainties and slower global growth have led to the re-emergence of a margin of excess supply. Increased uncertainty about the nature of EU withdrawal means that the economy could follow a wide range of paths over coming years. The appropriate response of monetary policy will depend on the balance of the effects of Brexit on demand, supply and the sterling exchange rate," the central bank said.
The U.K. government has submitted documents to the European Commission that outline in writing for the first time Boris Johnson's ideas on how to end the Brexit impasse, BuzzFeed News reported, citing three sources. The documents in particular focus on how to get around the issue of the so-called backstop, though the report didn't say what those proposals were. The pound exchanged hands at $1.2482, up from $1.2472 on Wednesday.
U.K. retail sales fell 0.2% in August, as the prior month's gain from Amazon Prime Day reversed with a drop in non-store retailing. Economists polled by FactSet had forecast a 0.2% dip. The year-on-year growth rate slowed to 2.7% from 3.3%.
Investing.com – The Bank of England left interest rates on hold on Thursday. as it awaits further clarity on Britain’s preparedness for exiting the EU.
Here’s a look at what to expect when the Bank of England’s latest interest-rate decision is announced at 7 a.m. Eastern on Thursday.
Investing.com - The yen rose from a seven week low against the U.S. dollar on Thursday after the Bank of Japan kept monetary policy on hold, in the wake of the Federal Reserve’s overnight decision to cut rates.
It’s a big day for the Pound, with retail sales figures due out ahead of the BoE monetary policy decision. Will there be any dissenters to sink the Pound?
The British pound has fallen a bit from the 1.25 level again waiting for the Federal Reserve. And as a result it’s likely that the market is going to continue to recognize this area as being crucial ahead of the Federal Reserve announcement.
UK Inflation was weaker than expected on Wednesday and with the BOE announcement a probable non-event on Thursday, Sterling continues to be strapped by Brexit uncertainty.
After briefly piercing to a fresh eight week high, GBP/USD has fallen under pressure in early trading on Wednesday as UK inflation data came in softer than expected.
U.K. consumer prices slowed to 1.7% year-over-year growth in August from 2.1% in July, the Office for National Statistics said Wednesday. Economists polled by FactSet expected a 1.9% rise. Core CPI slowed to 1.5% from 1.9%. The ONS said the decline came from principally games, toys and hobbies, and cultural services, clothing and sea fares. The pound was trading at $1.2452, down from $1.2501 on Tuesday.
Relief is set to sweep across financial markets after Saudi energy minister pulled down the threat of an escalation in geopolitical tensions in the region, and by stating the Oil production output will be fully back online by the end of September.