This week's CPI report offered some reasons for optimism, as Headline inflation decelerated further to 6.8% y/y in July and core stabilized at 6.9%, just off its multi-decade highs (7.1%). However, inflation remains very high and the Bank of England does not expected it to fall below the 2% target for another two years. What's more, regular pay grew by 7.8% y/y in April-June, in the biggest increase since the series started. This feeds a wage-price spiral and makes controlling inflation much harder.
The central bank raised rates again earlier this month, which are now in "restrictive" territory , having delivered 515 basis points worth of hikes in fourteen straight meetings, since the December 2021 lift-off. In their typical style, policymakers remained non-committal as to their next steps, creating uncertainty around the policy outlook.
Officials have to contemplate the massive amount of cumulative tightening and its lagging nature, which weighs on economic activity and raises borrowing costs, stressing households and businesses. Despite these considerations, this week's inflation and employment report keep the pressure for more rate hikes and prolonged restrictive stance.
UK100 reacted negatively to these data points and their monetary policy implications, shedding more than 3.5% on the week. It is in risk of new 2023 lows (7,202) and exposed to 7.073, although larger losses towards 6,824 have a higher degree of difficulty.
Despite prospects for more tightening, the BoE has not committed to any moves and on the technical front the Relative Strength Index points to oversold conditions. This may contain the slump and give UK100 the opportunity to rebound. However, it would need closes above the EMA200 (7,520) for the downside momentum to pause, which looks like a toll order at this stage.
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Nikos Tzabouras is a graduate of the Department of International & European Economic Studies at the Athens University of Economics and Business. He has a long time presence at FXCM, as he joined the company in 2011. He has served from multiple positions, but specializes in financial market analysis and commentary.
With his educational background in international relations, he emphasizes not only on Technical Analysis but also in Fundamental Analysis and Geopolitics – which have been having increasing impact on financial markets. He has longtime experience in market analysis and as a host of educational trading courses via online and in-person sessions and conferences.
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