The Pound Is ‘Very Cheap’ for This Currency Strategist

  • Sterling advances to touch strongest level since October
  • Buying by interbank investors triggers stops, says trader

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The pound rose to its highest level since October versus the dollar, which faltered after investors cited a lack of clarity in tax plans unveiled by President Donald Trump’s administration.

Sterling advanced for a third straight day to test the psychologically significant 1.2900 level against the U.S. currency. Demand from interbank investors triggered stops above 1.2905, according to a trader in Europe who asked not to be identified as the person isn’t authorized to speak publicly. The currency has advanced almost 3 percent since Prime Minister Theresa May announced snap elections earlier this month.

“It’s a general dollar move because of disappointment about President Trump’s tax plans,” said Stuart Bennett, a G-10 currency strategist at Banco Santander SA in London. “Equally, it’s still against a background that the pound is very cheap. There is probably more of a bias when the dollar weakens and everybody moves against the dollar and the pound can maybe outperform.”

  • GBP/USD climbs 0.5% to 1.2909, having earlier reached 1.2917, its highest level since Oct. 3.
    • Resistance at 1.2905, the April 18 high, while support is at 1.2839, the Asian session low
  • There’s a “lot of downside bets against the pound, and in this current environment -- either in the U.K. side ahead of the election or the U.S. side, there’s probably more reason to take profit now and then maybe sell later,” Bennett said
  • Yield on 10-year gilts was little changed at 1.07%
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