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    GBP/USD: More sterling gains to come – MUFG

    Abstract:GBP/USD: More sterling gains to come – MUFG
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      Economists at MUFG Bank highlight continued positive GBP developments. The pound is already the second best performing G10 currency this year but there is scope for that outperformance to continue over the coming months.

    Reasons to stay GBP bullish

      “Mobility is already surging before the 21st June decision, suggesting it is not an impediment to the pick-up in activity expected. We track the 3 Apple mobility measures on average and averaged over a 7-day period, and the latest readings show the UK has now surpassed our EZ measure and the US. UK activity is likely surging more than assumed.”

      “While the BoE forecast for 2021 is robust at 7.25%, the Q2 GDP assumption of 4.3% QoQ is now looking quite cautious. After the 2.1% GDP gain in March, the 1.5% contraction for Q1 provides a positive run-through effect for GDP in Q2 and then coupled with stronger than expected retail sales in April, we see clear upside risks. The current Bloomberg consensus for Q2 GDP is 4.4% and monthly average growth of 1.5% in April to June would surpass this consensus for Q2 (4.7%). That average seems conservative to us following the PMI Services reading yesterday for May (62.9 vs 61.0 in Apr) with Q2 GDP looking likely to advance well north of 5.0%, and possibly 6.0%.”

      “There have been some clear signs of progress on trade. While the impact of Brexit on EU trade will certainly linger, trade deals to be shortly announced with Australia and Norway plus positive indication of progress on the UK joining CPTPP will reduce the negative sentiment in relation to the Brexittrade impact.”

      “GDP surpassing BoE expectations and a labour market looking tighter than expected will test the BoE‘s resolve. The strength of the housing market is also raising concerns with Deputy Governor Ramsden stating the MPC was ’looking carefully‘ at market conditions. Gertjan Vlieghe’s reference under his base-case scenario of a rate increase ‘well into next year’ is ahead of the view in the MPR and is in our view a sign of where the risks lie.”

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