Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Forex - GBP/USD re-approaches 1-month lows amid U.K. political jitters-SapForex24

The pound dropped against the U.S. dollar on Wednesday, re-approaching a one-month low after the release of downbeat U.K. data and amid mounting political uncertainty in the Britain ahead of the June 8 election.

GBP/USD hit 1.2780 during European morning trade, the pair’s lowest since May 26; the pair subsequently consolidated at 1.2783, declining 0.59%.

Cable was likely to find support at 1.2772, the low of May 26 and resistance at 1.2890, Tuesday’s high.

Data showed that U.K. net lending to individuals fell to £4.3 billion in April from £4.7 billion the previous month, compared to expectations for decline to £4.5 billion.

Sterling had already weakened after a new poll showed that British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party could lose 20 of the 330 seats it holds in Parliament while the opposition Labour Party could gain nearly 30 seats.


The news came after a string of opinion polls showed a narrowing lead for May's Conservatives.
Meanwhile, the greenback regained some ground thanks to growing expectations for a rate hike by the Federal Reserve at its June policy meeting.

The had dollar weakened after data on Tuesday showed that the CB consumer confidence index fell to 117.9 in April, compared to expectations for a rise to 119.8.

However, the U.S. Commerce Department said consumer spending rose 0.4% last month, in line with economists’ forecasts. It was the biggest increase in four months.

The greenback had also been under pressure recently amid fears investigations into President Donald Trump's ties with Russia could hamper his administration's progress on promised stimulus measures.
Sterling was also lower against the euro, with EUR/GBP climbing 0.53% to 0.8746.

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