GBP price, news and analysis:
- GBPUSD could extend its slide as UK Prime Minister Theresa May is urged to end the Brexit talks between her ruling Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party.
- Having already fallen below the psychologically-important 1.30 level, a drop in GBPUSD towards its February lows cannot be ruled out.
Sterling pressure could intensify
UK Prime Minister Theresa May looks to be on the verge of abandoning talks between her ruling Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party designed to reach a Brexit compromise acceptable to a majority of members of the UK Parliament.
According to reports, senior Conservatives are urging her to end the discussions, while the pressure on her to resign as Prime Minister is also intensifying. After Monday’s fall in GBPUSD below the 1.30 level in late afternoon trading in Europe, that could mean further weakness ahead.
GBPUSD Price Chart, Hourly Timeframe (May 3-14, 2019)
Chart by IG (You can click on it for a larger image)
As the chart above shows, GBPUSD has been trending lower since the beginning of last week and, for technical analysts, an obvious first target is the April 29 low at 1.2865. However, below that, there is little further support ahead of February 14’s 1.2773 low.
There is a warning signal too from the IG client sentiment data. The figures, which show how retail traders are positioned, show 70.8% of traders are net-long, with the ratio of traders long to short at 2.43 to 1. In fact, traders have remained net-long since May 6, when GBPUSD traded near 1.3092; the price has moved 1.1% lower since then. The number of traders net-long is 7.8% higher than yesterday and 24.8% higher from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 4.1% higher than yesterday but 26.5% lower from last week.
At DailyFX, we typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-long suggests GBPUSD prices may continue to fall. Traders are further net-long than yesterday and last week, and the combination of current sentiment and recent changes gives us a stronger GBPUSD-bearish contrarian trading bias.
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— Written by Martin Essex, Analyst and Editor