GBP/USD has moved higher for a third straight session. In Wednesday’s North American session, the pair is trading at 1.3148, up 0.38% on the day. There are no key releases out of the U.S or the U.K, as the markets continue to digest the results of the U.S. midterm elections on Tuesday. On Thursday, the Federal Reserve will set the benchmark rate and release a rate statement. As well, the U.S. releases unemployment claims.
It’s been a quiet week for British releases, but that will change on Friday, when the U.K publishes Preliminary GDP and manufacturing production. This first GDP report for Q3 is expected to improve with a strong gain of 0.6%, after a 0.4% gain in Final GDP in the second quarter. A strong GDP release would likely boost the pound, which has enjoyed a strong November with gains of 1.43 percent. Traders should be prepared for some volatility from the pound in the Friday session.
All eyes were on the U.S mid-term elections, and when the dust settled, both parties could claim a victory of sorts. The Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives for the first time since 2010, but the Republicans increased their slim majority in the Senate. The results are a setback for President Trump, as the Democrats will be in a stronger position to derail Trump’s plans to boost fiscal stimulus and lower taxes. This could dampen enthusiasm for the U.S dollar, and investors have reacted on Wednesday by sending the greenback broadly lower. Investors will be shifting focus to the Federal Reserve, which releases its monthly rate statement on Thursday. The Fed is expected to maintain the benchmark rate at a range of between 2.0% and 2.25%. A hawkish rate statement could boost global equity markets.