GBP/USD well-positioned to attack the highs after Bailey’s bailout
A deadline – like in talks – can be pushed back. But when there is no target date, the chances of something happening at all are even lower – and that is helping the pound. Andrew Bailey, Governor of the Bank of England, has said that he does not have a date in mind for setting negative interest rates, allowing sterling to bounce.
Bailey and his colleagues previously seemed keen on pushing borrowing costs below zero, even announcing they are examining their implementation. These recent comments seem to push it off the agenda. Moreover, Bailey has also spoken positively on this week’s uplifting news of an upcoming coronavirus vaccine, perhaps pinning his hopes that immunization would make any additional easing unnecessary.
Where next for the pound? Bulls have reasons to cheer. Regarding the vaccine, the UK has secured deals with no fewer than six pharmaceutical companies that are working on immunization. Moderna, Johnson&Johnson, and Britain’s AstraZeneca are all performing Phase 3 trials – and are using the same mRNA approach that Pfizer is applying. Additional announcements may come out in the coming days.
Moreover, Britain is also testing the usage of quick lateral flow covid tests, that could enable receiving results rapidly and a return to a more normal life. The economy rebounded by 15.5% in the third quarter – an impressive surge in normal days, but insufficient now. The leap comes after output collapsed in the second quarter and high level of uncertainty prevails.
While the UK COVID-19 case curve has flattened, deaths are on the rise, hitting the grim milestone of 50,000 mortalities. Statistics are going in the wrong direction also in America, where hospitalizations hit a new peak over 65,000 and infections hit a record of 144,000 daily. The deterioration in the has boosted the safe-haven dollar.
In the political world, the EU and the UK reached a conclusion that they are unable to meet the November 15 deadline to reach a Brexit deal. While that sent sterling down, it essential to remember that the only genuine deadline is December 31 and that negotiations continue. Positive comments from either side could send sterling higher.
US President-elect Joe Biden continues working on the transition despite President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede. Both parties seem to continue campaigning ahead of the two Senate runoff in Georgia – critical for control of the upper chamber.
Later in the day, Bailey will speak alongside Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and European Central Bank President in a panel. Markets will be waiting to hear from Powell about expanding the Fed’s bond-buying scheme.
US inflation figures for October and weekly jobless claims are also of interest.
GBP/USD Technical Analysis
Momentum on the four-hour chart has turned positive and GBP/USD trades above the 50, 100, and 200 Simple Moving Averages. After the recent fall, the RElative Strength Index is back to around 50, well-balanced.
Overall, there is room for gains.
Some resistance awaits at 1.3210, which capped the pair last week. It is followed by 1.3245, a temporary support line earlier this week. The recent high of 1.3312 is the next line to watch.
Pound/dollar has support at the daily low of 1.3160, followed by 1.3125 and 1.31.