The overall market sentiment is mixed as new virus cases continue rising throughout the world, but most economic indicators came out better than analysts expected. Let’s look at the main market movements.
How much will British retail sales drop?
Information is not investment advice
The British retail sales will be announced on Friday at 9:00 MT time.
Instruments to trade: GBP/USD, GBP/CAD, GBP/AUD, GBP/CHF, GBP/JPY, GBP/NZD
Let us remind you that the British lockdown started on March 24. For two weeks from that day sales dropped by 27%! It happened as all the stores except supermarkets were closed. According to the British retail consortium, in comparison with 2019, this years’ March sales fell by 4.3%. That was the largest sales fall in the history of the UK. Even the panic-buying ahead of the quarantine didn’t help to increase the spending rate. As a result, the British pound plummeted. Now we are waiting for the retail sales data from the government. As the country extends the lockdown, the numbers will probably be disappointing.
If the retail sales’ indicator is greater than the forecast, the British pound will rise, otherwise – fall.
The market sentiment switched to risk-off after the Fed’s Powell statement. The USD edged higher, while risker assets started falling after reaching quite high levels. Let’s have a closer look.
The overall market sentiment is mixed as investors await the Federal Reserve’s statement today at the evening.
The RBA will make a rate statement on August 4 at 7:30 MT time.