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GBP/USD Analysis Forecast, May 22, 2015 – Forecast

gbpusd thursday bnsAnalysis and Recommendations (GBP/USD Forecast):

The GBP/USD soared 153 points to 1.5690 after the release of an incredible strong retail sales report. The US dollar also weakened as traders continued to review the FOMC minutes released late in the day on Wednesday.  The Bank of England last week noted “robust” growth in retail sales in the first quarter of the year but said it was too soon to know how much of the increase was due to the fall in petrol and food prices.

The pound gained sharply against the dollar on Thursday after data showed British retail sales rose more strongly than expected in April, recovering from a surprise fall in March.

Retail sales volumes rose 1.2% on the month, the strongest increase since November, to show 4.7 per cent growth on the year, the Office for National Statistics said.

Sterling hit the day’s high of $1.5648 after the numbers, up from $1.5605 before their release and leaving the pound up 0.7 per cent on the day.

UK retail sales volumes went up by 1.2% in April compared to March, while the total amount spent at retail rose by 1.1%, due to slightly lower prices, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) said. After a dip in retail sales in March 2015, the sunny and warm weather of April contributed to the strongest rise since November 2014.

“Feedback from retailers suggests that the warmer than average weather in April 2015 resulted in an increase in the quantity bought as consumers brought forward the purchase of summer clothes,” the ONS said.

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Today’s economic releases actual vs. forecast:

Cur.

 

Event

Actual

Forecast

Previous

 

  CNY

 

HSBC Manufacturing PMI

49.1

49.3

48.9

 

 

  EUR

 

German Manufacturing PMI

51.4

52.3

52.1

 

 

  EUR

 

German Services PMI (May)  

52.9

53.9

54.0

 

 

  EUR

 

Manufacturing PMI (May)  

52.3

52.0

52.0

 

 

  EUR

 

Markit Composite PMI (May)  

53.4

53.8

53.9

 

 

  EUR

 

Services PMI (May)  

53.3

53.9

54.1

 

 

  GBP

 

Core Retail Sales (MoM) (Apr)

1.2%

0.3%

0.2%

 

 

  GBP

 

Core Retail Sales (YoY) (Apr)

4.7%

3.7%

4.8%

   

  GBP

 

Retail Sales (MoM) (Apr)

1.2%

0.4%

-0.7%

   

  GBP

 

Retail Sales (YoY) (Apr)

4.7%

3.8%

4.0%

   

  GBP

 

CBI Industrial Trends Orders

-5

3

1

 

 

  EUR

 

ECB Monetary Policy Meeting  

 

 

 

   

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Upcoming Economic Events that you should be monitoring:

Friday, May 22, 2015

Cur.

 

Event

Actual

Forecast

Previous

 

  EUR

 

German GDP (QoQ) (Q1)

 

0.3%

0.3%

 

 

  JPY

 

BoJ Press Conference  

 

 

 

 

 

  EUR

 

German Ifo Business Climate Index (May)

 

108.3

108.6

 

 

  EUR

 

ECB President Draghi Speaks  

 

 

 

 

 

  GBP

 

BoE Gov Carney Speaks  

 

 

 

 

 

  USD

 

Core CPI (MoM) (Apr)

 

0.2%

0.2%

 

 

  CAD

 

Core CPI (MoM) (Apr)

 

0.2%

0.6%

 

 

  CAD

 

Core Retail Sales (MoM) (Mar)

 

0.4%

2.0%

 

 

  GBP

 

BoE Gov Carney Speaks  

 

 

 

 

 

  EUR

 

ECB President Draghi Speaks  

 

 

 

 

 

  USD

 

Fed Chair Yellen Speaks  

 

 

 

   

Government Bond Auctions

Date Time Country

May 21 08:30 Spain Auctions Bonos

May 21 09:03 Sweden Holds bond exchange auction

May 21 09:10 France Auctions BTANs

May 21 09:30 UK Auctions 4.75% 2030 Conventional Gilt

May 21 10:10 France Auctions

May 21 15:30 Italy Announces details of CTZ/BTPei on 26 May

May 21 15:00 US Announces details of 2-year FRN on 27 May, plus 2/5/7 year

May 21 17:00 US Auctions 10-year TIPs

May 22 09:03 Sweden Holds bond exchange auction

May 22 10:00 Norway Details bond auction on 27 May

 

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