- GBP/USD witnessed heavy selling for the second successive day amid a blowout USD rally.
- The worsening situation in Ukraine, upbeat NFP report continued underpinning the USD.
- Technical selling below the 1.3270 area aggravated the bearish pressure around the pair.
The GBP/USD pair continued lowing ground through the early North American session and weakened further below mid-1.3200s in reaction to an upbeat US monthly jobs report. The pair was last seen trading around the 1.3240-1.3235 region, down nearly 0.80% for the day.
The pair added to the overnight losses and continued falling for the second successive day on Friday amid a blowout US dollar rally, bolstered by the global flight to safety. The Russian attack on Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant - the largest of its kind in Europe - raised fears of an environmental catastrophe. This, in turn, unnerved investors and boosted demand for traditional safe-haven assets.
The stronger USD momentum got an additional boost from better-than-expected US employment details. In fact, the headline NFP showed that the US economy added 678K new jobs in February, smashing market expectations for 400K. In addition, the previous month's reading was revised higher to 481K from 467K reported earlier. Moreover, the unemployment rate fell more than anticipated, to 3.8% from 4.0% in January.
The greenback shot to its highest level since May 2020 and was seen as a key factor that dragged the GBP/USD pair lower. Apart from this, the ongoing downward trajectory could further be attributed to some technical selling below the 1.3270 support zone. This now seems to have set the stage for a further near-term depreciating move amid the worsening situation in Ukraine.
Technical levels to watch
|Today last price||1.3264|
|Today Daily Change||-0.0075|
|Today Daily Change %||-0.56|
|Today daily open||1.3339|
|Previous Daily High||1.3418|
|Previous Daily Low||1.3318|
|Previous Weekly High||1.3638|
|Previous Weekly Low||1.3273|
|Previous Monthly High||1.3644|
|Previous Monthly Low||1.3273|
|Daily Fibonacci 38.2%||1.3356|
|Daily Fibonacci 61.8%||1.338|
|Daily Pivot Point S1||1.3298|
|Daily Pivot Point S2||1.3258|
|Daily Pivot Point S3||1.3198|
|Daily Pivot Point R1||1.3399|
|Daily Pivot Point R2||1.3459|
|Daily Pivot Point R3||1.3499|
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