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UK GDP Growth, GBP Stable, FTSE Meets Resistance

UK GDP Growth FTSE Resistance

Latest British Pound and FTSE updates: UK GDP growth is stable, GBP is stable, and the FTSE tests resistance amid mixed trader sentiment.

The latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals a modest expansion of 0.2% in the UK economy for January. However, A 0.1% contraction in the three months leading up to January 2024 offset this growth. Furthermore, compared to January of the previous year, the UK’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) experienced a decline of 0.3%.

The British Pound (GBP) remains relatively stable despite these economic fluctuations. The GBP/USD pair has shown resilience, hovering below the 1.2800 mark. After reaching a high of 1.2894 last Friday, the pair retreated during the week but managed to maintain support around the 1.2742 level. Analysts suggest that reclaiming the previous week’s high would be necessary for further advancement, although current market conditions make this scenario unlikely in the short term.

UK GDP Growth, GBP Stable, FTSE Meets Resistance

Retail data from IG indicates a mixed sentiment among traders, with 41.74% net-long and a short-to-long ratio of 1.40 to 1. While the number of net-long traders has increased by 6.03% compared to the previous day, it remains 1.30% lower than last week. Conversely, net-short traders have decreased by 8.33% from the prior day and 1.22% from the previous week.

Meanwhile, the FTSE 100 index has encountered resistance after a recent rally. Early trading activities indicate a struggle to surpass multi-month resistance levels. The Commodity Channel Index (CCI) suggests the market is heavily overbought, signaling a potential need for correction before further upward movement. To resume its upward trajectory, the FTSE 100 must breach resistance around the 7,767 level, potentially targeting the 7,937 mark afterward.

In summary, while the UK economy demonstrates some signs of growth, challenges persist, reflected in the cautious stance of GBP/USD and the resistance encountered by the FTSE 100. Market participants closely monitor these developments for indications of future trends in both the currency and equity markets.

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