Daily Forex Market Preview, 29/03/2018
The U.S. dollar was seen holding on to the gains from Tuesday. The positive sentiment kicked in after the final revised GDP showed a 3.1% increase on the fourth quarter. This was higher than the expectations of an increase of 2.7%. Later in the day, the pending home sales data showed a 3.1% increase on the month which once again beat estimates of 2.1%. Previous month’s data was revised to show a 5.0% decline on the month.
Looking ahead, the economic calendar for the day will see the release of UK’s current account data followed by the GDP figures for the fourth quarter of 2017. Economists are forecasting that the UK’s GDP expanded at a pace of 0.4% on the quarter, unchanged from the previous estimates.
Canada will also be releasing its monthly GDP numbers with expectations pointing to a 0.1% increase on a month over month basis. Data from the U.S. will see the release of the core PCE price index data. Forecasts point to a slower pace of increase at just 0.2% on the month. Personal spending and income data is expected to show a 0.2% increase and 0.4% increase respectively.
GBPUSD 29-03-2018 Intra-day analysis
GBPUSD (1.4081): The British pound was seen giving up gains following the breakdown of prices below the 1.4162 level. The decline off the resistance level near 1.4162 has made price action post a consolidation into a bearish flag pattern. A close below 1.4115 could signal further declines to 1.4044 at the very least. The round number support at 1.4000 is likely to be tested in the near term however and we expect to see price posting a rebound in the short term.