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GBP/USD, EUR/GBP Outlooks As Bank of England Decision Nears

GBP/USD, EUR/GBP Outlooks As Bank of England Decision Nears

GBP/USD Analysis and ChartsBoE voting patterns and the Quarterly Report key for Sterling.Sterling’s upside looks limited.

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For all central bank meeting dates. See the DailyFX Central Bank CalendarToday’s BoE decision (12:00 UK) is expected to see the central bank leaving all policy dials untouched but the MPC may give some hints about when UK monetary policy may change. The nine-member MPC vote in March saw eight members vote to keep rates unchanged and one member in favour of a 25 basis point cut. If other MPC members join Swati Dhingra in voting for a cut, Sterling could slide, in the short-term at least.The latest Quarterly Report will also be released today and this will include updated forecasts for GDP and inflation for the next three years. UK inflation is seen falling further, and sharply according to Governor Bailey, and next year’s inflation forecast may well fall below the central bank’s 2% target. The short end of the UK gilt market will give a better outlook for rate expectations after the report is released.For all market-moving economic data and events, see the DailyFX Economic CalendarSterling is likely to slip further unless the BoE unexpectedly takes a hawkish turn, and this could see GBP/USD dipping back below 1.2400. Cable is testing the 20-day sma and a break below would see the pair below all three simple moving averages, giving the market a negative bias. If GBP/USD breaks 1.2400, then 1.2381 comes into view ahead of the multi-month low at 1.2300.

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EUR/GBP has been pushing higher, despite the market fully expecting the ECB to start cutting rates in June. EUR/GBP is currently testing the 200-day sma and a break above leaves 0.8620 as the next target. Above here, the late March double-high at 0.8644 comes into play.EUR/GBP Daily Price ChartWhat is your view on the British Pound – bullish or bearish?? You can let us know via the form at the end of this piece or you can contact the author via Twitter @nickcawley1.
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