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Another sought after UK economic data.

I decided to place my straddle with the following details: –

GBPUSD; Stop if Offered at 1.3323, Spot at 1.3344, Stop if Bid at 1.3365

Claimant count came out worse at negative 5.9K versus forecast of 3.3K, and previous month was revised upwards to negative 6.5K from 1.1K. Bad situation in the employment scene in the UK.

Unfortunately, the GBPUSD spiked upwards and triggered my stop if bid and before I could do anything, it fell and hit my stoploss at 1.3344, so I ended up with a small loss of 21bps……………such is life!

One of those much looked at economic data for the UK since it is a services economy.

I decided to place my straddle with the following details: –

Stop if Offered at 1.3175, Spot at 1.3197, Stop if Bid at 1.3215

Data came out mixed; claimant count was done, but job creation was poor, unemployment rate held constant at 4.3% and average weekly earnings edge upwards.

Market initially stayed quiet not knowing what to make of it and then it started selling off the GBP, I suppose the market took issue with the poor employment change or job creation data.

It triggered my Stop if Offered leg and I follow the market till I felt there was no more steam so I decided to square the trade at 1.3140 for a trading profit of 35bps.

Ok lah……….not too bad for the start of trading this week after coming back from a driving holiday in Malaysia……………..eat and drink.

I was wondering the past 48 hours why there wasn’t any noise in the media about the UK Claimant Count and Unemployment Rate since BOE, Carney is focusing on raising interest rates next year and not wanting to fall behind the U.S.

I decided to put on my straddle at 4:25pm as follows: –

GBPUSD  –  1.5285   –   1.5315   –   1.5345

When the data came out it was self cancelling because the Claimant Count was slightly higher but the unemployment rate improved.

GBP hardly moved, so I took out the trade.