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GBP/JPY climbs towards 192.80 after UK Services PMI hit 11-month high

  • Pound Sterling sees broad-market recovery after Services PMI beat.
  • Markets shrug off a decline in the UK Manufacturing PMI.
  • Japan Tokyo CPI inflation, BoJ rate call due on Friday.

The GBP/JPY pair extended gains on Tuesday, climbing towards 192.80 after an upside beat to the UK Services Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) earlier in the session. The UK Services PMI hit an eleven-month high of 54.9 for April, reversing the forecast decline to 53.0 from the previous month’s 53.1. The Pound Sterling (GBP) is gaining ground across the board as investors shrug off a miss in the Manufacturing PMI, which declined to 48.7 versus the forecast steady print of 50.3. Services comprise over 80% of the UK domestic economy compared to manufacturing’s 9.3% total output contributions.

Focus will shift to early Friday’s Tokyo Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation print, which is expected to hold steady at 2.6%. Japan’s Tokyo CPI inflation will be followed by the Bank of Japan’s (BoJ) latest Interest Rate Decision. The BoJ’s latest Outlook Report for the first quarter is also expected around 03:00 GMT Friday. Yen traders will be looking for BoJ Governor Kazuo Ueda’s Press Conference due sometime Friday morning.

GBP/JPY technical outlook

The GBP/JPY is approaching a familiar topside technical resistance zone between 193.00 and 192.80. The Guppy has been plagued by sideways churn in the near-term as the pair cycles familiar levels in a wide range just above the 190.00 major handle.

Daily candlesticks remain trapped in April’s range, and GBP/JPY is hobbled just below nine-year highs set in March near 194.00. Despite congestion patterns, the pair remains firmly bullish, trading well north of the 200-day Exponential Moving Average (EMA) at 184.90.

GBP/JPY hourly chart

GBP/JPY daily chart

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