UK poll results lift cable

30 May, 2017

The UK has been most of the talk today, as Theresa May continues to talk up Brexit in the face of looming UK elections. Both sides have thus far presented some of the arguments, but there is still a large amount of the unknown which is causing issues for the market and politicians as well. Some of the negative economic costs for leaving the free-market are starting to weight on the currency despite the resurgence. And with every whisper about it out of Brussels we will continue to see the cable jumping to the tune of the Euro-zone, as the UK looks to head to the negotiating table and get a deal that will provide some benefit despite the steps that are being taken. ВВ One gleaming hope for cable traders is that recent polls have shown Theresa May as being in a comfortable lead still and this has lead in turn to some bullish sentiment in the market thus far - despite all the negative talk.

For the cable bulls there is two key levels of resistance slowing them down at this stage, as 1.2861 and 1.3042 continue to be major bearish points. Support can be also found around 1.2743 but for the bulls, the key here as if we do see the Tories continuing to dominate polls in the coming week, then we will see further bullish movements and targeting of key resistance levels. The question will be, how high can we go and how long until Brexit takes its toll again.

Gold has been an interesting play in the market as of late. With equity markets lifting higher, it's unusual to see gold move in the same direction, but in this instance that is exactly what we are seeing. It's quite clear that parts of the market are hedging quite hard, while the bulls in other areas believe the rally will continue. Who is going to be wrong is impossible to tell, but there is certainly a lot of volatility on the horizon over the next four years with a Trump government. For me, what is interesting to see for gold movements, is that the bulls have started to slow down as they approach the long term trend line - so it will be interesting to see if they respect the bearish nature of it, or try and push through.

When it comes to key support levels in the event that the trend line does hold, I would expect to see it drop to 1256.35, with further potential to drop even lower to 1227.00 if the bears can truly take hold of the gold market. The 20 day moving average between the two is also one to watch as gold has a habit of using it as dynamic support and resistance on the daily chart.ВВ 

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