GBPUSD: Trading The Change In U.K. Mortgage Approvals

By David Song, Currency AnalystMichael Boutros, Currency Strategist

Trading the News: U.K. Mortgage Approvals

What’s Expected:

Time of release: 03 / 29 / 2012 8 : 30 GMT, 4 : 30 EST

Primary Pair Impact: GBP USD

Expected: 57.2K

Previous: 58.7K

DailyFX Forecast: 57.0K to 60.0K

Why Is This Event Important:

Mortgage approvals in the U.K. are expected to increase an annualized 57.2K following the 58.7K expansion in January, and the slowdown in private sector lending may drag on the British Pound as it dampens the outlook for growth. As the fundamental outlook remains clouded with high uncertainty, we may see the Bank of England show an increased willingness to expand monetary policy further, but it seems as though the MPC will endorse a wait-and-see approach throughout 2012 as central bank officials anticipate to see a more robust recovery this year.

Recent Economic Developments

The Upside

Release

Expected

Actual

Rightmove House Prices (YoY) (MAR)

--

2.2%

DCLG U.K. House Prices (YoY) (JAN)

--

0.2%

Nationwide House Prices n.s.a. (YoY) (FEB)

0.3%

0.9%

The Downside

Release

Expected

Actual

Nationwide Consumer Confidence (FEB)

47

44

Jobless Claims Change (FEB)

5.0K

7.2K

Average Weekly Earnings inc Bonus (3MoY) (JAN)

1.9%

1.4%

As the economic recovery in the U.K. gradually gathers pace, rising property prices may encourage increased demands for home loans, and a positive development could spur another run at 1.6000 as it dampens expectations for additional asset purchases. However, subdued wage growth paired with the recent weakness in household confidence may drag on private sector lending, and the central bank may keep the door open to implement more quantitative easing in an effort to encourage a stronger recovery. In turn, we may see the GBPUSD trend lower over the remainder of the week, and the exchange rate may ultimately work its way back towards 1.5600 to test the range carried over from the previous month.

Potential Price Targets For The Release

A look at the encompassing structure shows thesterling attempting to break back below former trendline resistancedating back to August 19th before rebounding sharply off theconfluence of the 200-day moving average and the key 61.8%Fibonacci retracement taken from the February 29th decline at1.05840. This level remains paramount for the sterling with a break below eyeing dailytargets at the 50% extension at 1.57 95. Critical topside resistance remains at the 2012-highs at the1.60-figure.

Our 30min scalp chart sees the GBPUSDcontinuing to trade within the confines of an ascendingAndrew’s pitchfork channel dating back to the March 21st withthe exchange rate hovering just below the 1.59 soft resistancetarget at the close of New York trade. A breach above this leveleyes topside targets at 1.5920, the 100% Fibonacci extension takenfrom the February 22nd and March 12th troughs at 1.5945, 1.5970,and the 1.60-figure. Note that a move above the bisecting channelline offers further conviction on our directional bias with such ascenario eyeing subsequent topside targets. Interim support restsat 1.5850 with a break below channel support negating our interimbias. Should the print prompt a bearish sterling reaction look forthe break to confirm entr y with subsequent floors seen at the 61.8% extension at 1.5815, and the50% extension at 1.5770.

How To Trade This Event Risk

Projections for a slowdown in private sectorlending casts a bearish outlook for the sterling, but an above-forecastprint could pave the way for a long British Pound trade as itdampens the scope for more easing. Therefore, if mortgage approvalstop 57.2K or unexpectedly expands from the previous month, we willneed a green, five-minute candle following the release to establisha buy entry on two-lots of GBPUSD. Once these conditions are met,we will set the initial stop at the nearby swing low or areasonable distance from the entry, and this risk will generate ourfirst objective. The second target will be based on discretion, andwe will move the stop on the second lot to cost once the firsttrade reaches its mark in order to preserve ourwinnings.

On the other hand, subdued wage growth paired with the ongoing slack in the labor market may weigh on lending activity, and a dismal print could spark a selloff in the sterling as it dampens the prospects for future growth. As a result, if the report falls short of market expectations, we will carry out the same strategy for a short pound-dollar trade as the long position laid out above, just in reserve.

Impact that U.K. Mortgage Approvals has had on GBP during the last month

Period

Data Released

Estimate

Actual

Pips Change

(1 Hour post event )

Pips Change

(End of Day post event)

JAN 2012

2/29/2012 9:30 GMT

54.0K

58.7K

+22

-27

January 2012 U.K. Mortgage Approvals

U.K. mortgage approvals increased an annualized 58.7K in January to mark the largest advance since June 2009, and the development may encourage the Bank of England to soften its dovish tone for monetary policy as the economic recovery gradually gathers pace. The British Pound pushed higher following the better-than-expected print, with the GBPUSD climbing back above 1.5950, but the sterling struggled to hold its ground during the North American trade as the pair ended the day at 1.5900.

--- Written by David Song, Currency Analyst andMichael Boutros, Currency Strategist

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