• GBP/USD tanks more than 2%, weighed by worse-than-expected UK economic data.
  • The US Federal Reserve’s aggressive monetary policy is a headwind for the GBP/USD.
  • US business activity contracted but gave signs of improvement.
  • UK’s consumer confidence and business activity disappoint, increasing fears of a deep recession in the UK.

The GBP/USD is collapsing from 1.1200, eyeing a break below the 1.1000 figure, which was last seen in March 1985, courtesy of dismal market sentiment, spurred by worldwide central bank tightening to quell price pressures. The GBP/USD is trading at 1.0965, below its opening price by more than 2%, after hitting a daily high of 1.1273.

Given the backdrop that the Federal Reserve hiked rates by 75 bps on Wednesday and signaled that further increases are coming, investors growing fears heightened that it would hurt the company’s earnings and might tap the US economy into a recession. In the meantime, US business activity in September shrank, as reported by S&P Global, though it flashed some signs of recovering.

The S&P  Manufacturing PMI expanded more than the 51 estimates, while the Services index jumped to 49.2 but fell short of expansionary territory. Consequently, the Composite Index persisted under 49, at contractionary territory, but above calculations.

Aside from US data, in the UK, the GfK consumer confidence showed that households feel “exasperated” with the UK’s double-digit inflationary readings. The GfK index dived to a record low of -44, which was last seen in 1974.

Later, S&P Global revealed the UK PMIs for September, with the Composite Index edging down from 49.6 in August to 48.4, reigniting recessionary fears. “UK economic woes deepened in September as falling business activity indicates that the economy is likely in recession,” said Chris Williamson, a chief business economist at S&P Global.

Further, the Services Index fell to 49.2 from 50.9 in August, while the Manufacturing PMI bounced from 47.3 to 48.5

All that said, the GBP/USD so far has extended its losses during the day, hitting the 1.0985 figure for the first time since 1985, opening the door for a retest of March’s lows at 1.0545.

GBP/USD Hourly Chart

GBP/USD Key Technical Levels

GBP/USD

Overview
Today last price 1.0965
Today Daily Change -0.0272
Today Daily Change % -2.42
Today daily open 1.1259
 
Trends
Daily SMA20 1.1519
Daily SMA50 1.1828
Daily SMA100 1.206
Daily SMA200 1.2666
 
Levels
Previous Daily High 1.1364
Previous Daily Low 1.1212
Previous Weekly High 1.1738
Previous Weekly Low 1.1351
Previous Monthly High 1.2294
Previous Monthly Low 1.1599
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 1.127
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 1.1306
Daily Pivot Point S1 1.1193
Daily Pivot Point S2 1.1126
Daily Pivot Point S3 1.104
Daily Pivot Point R1 1.1345
Daily Pivot Point R2 1.1431
Daily Pivot Point R3 1.1497

 

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