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British Pound Weakens Ahead of Interest Rate Cut

Currencies / British Pound Nov 06, 2008 - 05:27 AM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Currencies Sterling weakened from yesterdays level of £/$1.61 trading down to £/$1.59 ahead of today's anticipated rate cut which earlier analysis suggested could be as much as 1%. However the Pound is extremely oversold following its 25% crash from the high of £/$2.11 all the way to £/$1.53, this suggests that even a 1% cut would result in limited downside action until sterling has managed to work out its oversold state.


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Immediate short-term support levels are at £/$ 1.57 and £/$ 1.56. Immediate trend objectives are for a corrective rally to above £/$1.70 , to be followed by a downside test of £/$1.53 on break of which Sterling would target the longer term objective of £/$1.37

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Comments

Dr Khan
17 Nov 08, 04:44
Do you still expect a rebound to £/$1.70 (or less) before a downside trend to £/$1.37

Based on your article of 6 Nov, specifically the "immediate trend objectives are for a corrective rally to above £/$1.70" Admittedly this is prior to 1.5% rate cut but do you still hold the view we are due for a rebound from where we are before we "target the longer term objective of £/$1.37"

JP recent report indicates trending to low's of £/$1.28.

Should we expect a technical correction to 1.60's before sterling plunges downwards?

Cheers


Nadeem_Walayat
17 Nov 08, 09:07
British Pound Oversold

The British Pound has been extremely oversold for 2 weeks now and the direct reason is the panic 1.5% rate cut that no one could have forseen, the consensus was forecasting a 0.5% cut, my forecast was for a 1% cut.

The Pound should rally towards £/$ 1.60 to unwind the extreme oversold state into the end of November, i.e. I expect to Pound to be higher at the end of November than where it is today targetting £/$1.60 with the upper resistance at £/$ 1.65.

Offcourse in the meantime should the government announce another panic measure then that would hit sterling again.

£/$ 1.37 is the longer term objective, and represents multi-decade support below which lies parity to the dollar, as the article of 13th Nov covered.


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