- GBP/USD catches some bids for the second straight day amid the prevalent USD selling bias.
- Bets that the Fed will not hike rates again and a positive risk tone undermine the Greenback.
- Expectations that the BoE will start cutting rates in 2024 amid looming recession to cap gains.
The GBP/USD pair attracts some dip-buying during the Asian session on Monday and touched a three-day to, around the 1.2470 region in the last hour. Spot prices, however, remain below the 100-day Simple Moving Average (SMA) pivotal resistance near the 1.2500 psychological mark and a two-month peak touched last week.
The US Dollar (USD) struggles to register any meaningful recovery and languishes near its lowest level since September 1, which is seen as a key factor acting as a tailwind for the GBP/USD pair. The US CPI and the PPI report released last week indicated that the high-prices nightmare has finally ended. This should allow the Federal Reserve (Fed) to maintain the status quo at its December meeting and continue to weigh on the USD.
Furthermore, the markets have been pricing in the possibility that the Fed will start cutting interest rates in early 2024 and engineer an economic soft landing. This dragged the yield on the benchmark 10-year US government bond to a two-month low level of 4.379% on Friday. Apart from this, a generally positive tone around the Asian equity markets further undermines the safe-haven Greenback and lends support to the GBP/USD pair.
The markets, however, have brought forward the date at which they expect the Bank of England (BoE to begin cutting interest rates from their 15-year peak in the wake of looming recession risks. The bets were reaffirmed by weaker UK Retail Sales figures, which added to a slew of negative readings last week and fitted with the darkening outlook for Britain's economy. This might keep a lid on any further appreciating move for the GBP/USD pair.
Even from a technical perspective, last week's rejection near the 1.2500 mark, or the 100-day SMA barrier, makes it prudent to wait for strong follow-through buying before placing fresh bullish bets. In the absence of any relevant market-moving economic releases, either from the UK or the US, the USD price dynamics will continue to play a key role in influencing the GBP/USD pair and allow traders to grab short-term opportunities.
Technical levels to watch
|Today last price||1.247|
|Today Daily Change||0.0009|
|Today Daily Change %||0.07|
|Today daily open||1.2461|
|Previous Daily High||1.2462|
|Previous Daily Low||1.2374|
|Previous Weekly High||1.2506|
|Previous Weekly Low||1.2213|
|Previous Monthly High||1.2337|
|Previous Monthly Low||1.2037|
|Daily Fibonacci 38.2%||1.2429|
|Daily Fibonacci 61.8%||1.2408|
|Daily Pivot Point S1||1.2402|
|Daily Pivot Point S2||1.2344|
|Daily Pivot Point S3||1.2314|
|Daily Pivot Point R1||1.2491|
|Daily Pivot Point R2||1.2521|
|Daily Pivot Point R3||1.2579|
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