The biggest story yesterday was the sharp sell-off in the British pound. The cable was crushed as UK inflation unexpectedly dropped below zero. Consumer prices fell 0.1 percent in September, which was even worse than economist’s forecast of stagnation. The decline will reinforce the view that the Bank of England is far away from raising interest rates in the near future. Interestingly, the pound already weakened before inflation data was due for release. Traders have therefore reason to believe, that there was a leak and that some market participants were already aware of the weak CPI report.
Today’s focus shifts to the U.K. Labor Market report, scheduled for release at 8:30 GMT. Economists predict that wage growth accelerated in August, which could incite sterling bulls to buy GBP towards 1.54 again. A strong labor market report would have the potential to turn yesterday’s decline into a sharp correction of the recent uptrend.
The EUR/USD has nothing new to report. The German ZEW survey came in even weaker than anticipated, but the euro was unaffected by the deterioration in investor sentiment. The currency remained trading within its narrow range between 1.1410 and 1.1345.
The most important piece of U.S. data will be today’s Retail Sales report, due for release at 12:30 GMT. If data disappoints, we could see a sharp sell-off in the U.S. dollar, pushing its major peers towards fresh highs. Independently of the outcome, this report should have a significant impact on the greenback.
Furthermore, the Federal Reserve releases the Beige Book at 18:00 GMT.
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