•GBP/USD posted gains in the Asian session. The pair reversed directions in the European session and posted sharp losses. The pair is unchanged early in North American trade
•1.3142 is providing support
•1.3219 was tested in resistance earlier and is under pressure
The British pound has posted small losses at the start of the week. In Monday’s North American session, GBP/USD is trading at the 1.32 line. On the release front, British Manufacturing PMI dipped to 48.2 points, below the estimate of 49.1. Later in the day, the US will release ISM Manufacturing PMI, a key indicator. Little change is expected in the July reading, with an estimate of 53.1 points. On Tuesday, the UK will publish Construction PMI, with the markets bracing for a weak reading of 44.2 points.
British PMI reports are important gauges of economic activity, and the week kicked off on a sour note. Manufacturing PMI came in at 48.2 points in July, following the previous release which also indicated contraction in the manufacturing sector. There are growing worries that third quarter data such as PMI reports will point to a weakening British economy, due to the fallout from the Brexit vote. Construction and Services PMIs are also expected to contract, and this could weaken the pound. The markets will also be keeping a close eye on the BoE, which is widely expected to cut interest rates when it meets on Thursday. The BoE surprised the markets in July when it maintained rates at 0.50%, but faces losing credibility if it stays on the sidelines again. The bank hasn’t lowered rates since 2009, so such a dramatic move could push the pound to lower levels.