GBP/USD forecast: Currency Pair of the Week – July 1, 2024

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Fawad Razaqzada
By :  ,  Market Analyst

This week is all about politics in two of Europe’s large economies. We have already seen a bit of a relief rally in mainland European shares, after the National Rally recorded a smaller margin of victory in French elections than expected and as mainstream parties began seeking strategies to prevent the far-right party from obtaining an absolute majority. This will keep the French politics in focus for the rest of the week until the second round of the votes on Sunday. Ahead of that, we will have the UK general election this Thursday, July 4, making the early hours of Friday a super important period for UK assets. And with key US data to come either side of the US Independence Day on July 4, currency pairs like the GBP/USD and EUR/USD may well experience heightened volatility. The GBP/USD forecast will be impacted if there is a surprise outcome such as a hung parliament given that a Labour victory is widely expected.

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UK General Elections and its impact on GBP/USD forecast


The polling will take place on Thursday, July 4, when the US is out celebrating Independence Day. So, don’t expect any fireworks in the markets on Thursday. Ruling Conservatives are trailing Labour badly in the polls. If Labour does win, it must maintain investors' trust while tackling unresolved economic issues facing the UK, for example the public debt-to-GDP being at a 63-year high. It is difficult to see a dramatic turn in the fortunes of the economy. Labour will need to raise taxes or increase borrowing to avoid spending cuts. It is a lose-lose situation, one that markets have evidently accepted. Given that a labour victory is expected, the pound and FTSE could react sharply if there is a surprise outcome such as a hung parliament. From around 10pm, there will be exit polls to give us as early indication of how the parties have performed, with actual results not out until the early hours of Friday.



GBP/USD forecast: NFP among key US data highlights


After Friday’s core PCE price index, which was bang in line with expectations, more key US economic data is to come over the next couple of weeks. The June non-farm jobs report is due on Friday, followed by the CPI on July 11. This week’s other important data releases include the ISM manufacturing and services PMIs, ADP private payrolls, JOLTS Job Openings, and FOMC minutes.


Of course, the key data is on Friday, when we will have had the UK election outcome as well. The headline jobs data beat expectations last month with a print of 272,000, while wages also grew more than expected. As a result, the US dollar has been supported on the dips and we have recently seen a fresh multi-decade high in USD/JPY.


This week’s data releases could significantly impact the USD direction, which in turn should impact the GBP/USD forecast. After showing surprising resilience throughout this year so far, we could begin to see more weakness in the US economy moving forward. Indeed, economists expect the US jobs report to shown only a modest 190,000 rise in non-farm payrolls compared to 272,000 the month before.


Here’s the full list of key macro events due for release this week, relevant to the pound and US dollar, and therefore the GBP/USD forecast.

GBP/USD analysis


GBP/USD technical analysis

GBP/USD forecast



The GBP/USD’s technical forecast is as clear as mud. This is hardly surprising given that many traders are unwilling to commit to a particular direction ahead of the abovementioned macro events coming up in the next couple of weeks. Recently, the cable came out of its bullish channel, which thereby signalled at least a temporary end of its bullish trend that had been in place since the last week of April. Short-term resistance now comes in between 1.2685 to 1.2730 area (shaded in grey on the chart) which needs to be reclaimed if we are to see another attempt at breaking above that study 1.2800 longer-term resistance area. Support comes in around 1.2635, followed by 1.2550.





-- Written by Fawad Razaqzada, Market Analyst

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