Two trades to watch: GBP/USD, FTSE
Fiona Cincotta May 20, 2022 8:27 AM
GBP/USD rises after retail sales jump. FTSE rises after PBoC cuts rates.
GBP/USD rises after retail sales jump
GBPUSD rise 1% yesterday on the weaker USD.
Weak US data fuelled fears of recession, cooling aggressive Fed bets.
Today the pound is rising after better-than-expected retail sales. Sales defied expectations of a -0.2% decline and jumped 1.4% MoM in April, up from -1.2% in March. Food store sales, alcohol, tobacco and sweet treats were behind the rise suggesting that households are staying in more to save as prices surge.
The rise in sales comes despite inflation rising to a 40-year high and consumer confidence tumbling to its lowest level since the 1970s.
Where next for GBPUSD?
After rebounding from the 2022 low of 1.2160, the pair recaptured the month-old falling trendline and is consolidating just below 1.25.
The rise over the 20 sma at 1.2440, combined with the bullish MACD keeps buyers hopeful of further upside. A rise above 1.25340 the weekly high could open the door to 1.2630 the May high, exposing the 50 sma at 1.2840.
Failure of the 20 sma support to hold could see the pair head towards 1.24 ahead of 1.2340
FTSE rises after PBoC cuts rates
The FTSE along with European bourses is rebounding helped higher by upbeat UK retail sales and news that the PBoC cut its 5-year loan lending rate by a record amount to support its slowing economy.
This was the second cut to the rate this year and is expected to boost the country’s housing market which has been hurt by COVID lockdowns.
COVID lockdowns in China mean that economic growth there could undershoot the US for the first time in over 45 years.
The move by the PBoC boosted Asian markets and lifted base metal prices, helping the heavyweight miners on the FTSE higher.
Where next for the FTSE?
The FTSE has rebounded from 7220, the rise higher has run into resistance at the 20 sma at 7410. The RSI is neutral, although the 20 sma has fallen below the 50 sna in a bearish signal.
Buyers need to push over the 20 sma to expose the 50 sma at 7475 and the mid-My high at 7530.
Failure to break above the 20 sma could see sellers test support at 7300 the April low ahead of 7150 the May low.
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