GBP/USD Rate Breaks Bearish Sequence Despite Cautious BoE Rhetoric

BRITISH POUND TALKING POINTS

GBP/USD remains under pressure ahead of the European Parliament elections as Prime Minister Theresa May struggles to make progress on the Brexit deal, but recent price action raises the risk for a rebound in the Pound Dollar exchange rate as it snaps the series of lower highs & low from earlier this month.

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GBPUSD RATE BREAKS BEARISH SEQUENCE DESPITE CAUTIOUS BOE RHETORIC

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It remains to be seen if the EU election will impact the Brexit negotiations as households select fresh representatives to the European Parliament, and the ongoing rift between U.K. lawmakers may produce headwinds for the British Pound as it puts pressure on the Bank of England (BoE) to abandon the hiking-cycle.

A recent speech by Deputy GovernorBen Broadbent suggests the BoE will remain on the sidelines as the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) member points out that ‘business investment fell in every quarter last year and surveys suggest the underlying trend is still negative.’ In turn, the BoE may stick to the same script at the next meeting on June 20 as the committee ‘judges that there is currently a small margin of excess supply in the economy,’ and the wait-and-see approach for monetary policy may continue to drag on the British Pound as Governor Mark Carney and Co. reiterate that ‘the economic outlook will continue to depend significantly on the nature and timing of EU withdrawal.’

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However, fresh updates to the U.K. Consumer Price Index (CPI) may prop up the British Pound as both the headline and core reading for inflation are expected to pick up in April, and signs of sticky price growth may keep the BoE on track to further normalize monetary policy as ‘the Committee judges that, were the economy to develop broadly in line with its Inflation Report projections, an ongoing tightening of monetary policy over the forecast period, at a gradual pace and to a limited extent, would be appropriate to return inflation sustainably to the 2% target at a conventional horizon.’

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