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Forex: GBP/USD hovering over 1.5315/20

FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - The sterling is following the rest of the risk-associated assets on Monday, trading on the back foot after the tepid data from the Chinese economy.

More than interesting week for the sterling ahead, as consumer prices are due tomorrow, followed by the BoE minutes and jobless rate on Wednesday and retail sales on Thursday.

As of writing, GBP/USD is losing 0.15% at 1.5320 facing the next support at 1.5294 (low Apr.10) followed by 1.5270 (MA10d) and then 1.5251 (low Apr.9).
On the other hand, a surpass of 1.5341 (low Apr.12) would target 1.5409 (high Apr.12) en route to 1.5412 (high Apr.11).

Asian markets mostly down on weaker China GDP

Mainland China’s Shanghai Composite (-0.96%), Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (-1.26%) and Japan’s Nikkei Stock Average (-0.95%) fell on Monday with the disappointing release of China GDP data, easing from 7.9% to 7.7% (consensus of 8.0%) in Q1 (YoY), while QoQ data came in at 1.6% (consensus of 1.9%). Also, Chinese urban investment (down from 21.2% to 20.9% vs 21.3% consensus) and industrial production (down from 9.9% to 8.9% vs 10% consensus) in March didn’t help the mood, unlike China retail sales that rose from 12.3% to 12.6%, against expectations of 12.5%.
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