GBP/USD hangs near multi-month low, seems vulnerable around 1.2200 amid bullish USD


  • GBP/USD languishes near a multi-month low and is undermined by a combination of factors.
  • The USD sits near the YTD top amid the Fed's hawkish outlook and elevated US bond yields.
  • The BoE's surprise pause last week continues to weigh on the GBP and contributes to capping.

The GBP/USD pair enters a bearish consolidation phase during the Asian session on Tuesday and oscillates in a range just above its lowest level since March 17 touched the previous day. Spot prices currently trade around the 1.2220 area, though the fundamental backdrop favours bearish traders and supports prospects for an extension of the well-established downtrend witnessed over the past two months or so.

The US Dollar (USD) stands tall near the YTD peak set on Monday and is seen as a key factor that continues to act as a headwind for the GBP/USD pair. The Federal Reserve (Fed) stuck to its hawkish stance at the September policy meeting last week and reiterated the 'higher-for-longer' interest rates narrative. In fact, the US central bank warned that still-sticky inflation was likely to attract at least one more interest rate hike by the end of this year. Furthermore, policymakers see just two rate cuts in 2024 as compared to four projected previously.

Furthermore, the incoming resilient US macro data supports prospects for further policy tightening by the Fed, which remains supportive of the recent blowout rally in the US Treasury bond yields and underpins the Greenback. The yield on the rate-sensitive two-year US government bond touched a 17-year peak and the benchmark 10-year Treasury yield climbed beyond the 4.50% threshold for the first time since 2007. Apart from this, the Bank of England's (BoE) surprise pause last Thursday turns out to be another factor weighing on the GBP/USD pair.

The UK central bank decided to keep the main policy rate unchanged, at a 15-year high level of 5.25%, ending a run of 14 straight hikes since December 2021 in the wake of the recent deceleration of inflation and signs that economic growth is slowing. This, in turn, supports prospects for a further depreciating move for the GBP/USD pair, though the extremely oversold Relative Strength Index (RSI) on the daily chart holds back bearish traders from placing fresh bets. Hence, it will be prudent to wait for some consolidation or a modest bounce before the next leg down.

There isn't any relevant market-moving economic data due for release from the UK on Tuesday, leaving the GBP/USD pair at the mercy of the USD price dynamics. Later during the early North American session, traders will take cues from the US economic docket – featuring the release of the Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index, New Home Sales data and the Richmond Manufacturing Index – to grab short-term opportunities.

Technical levels to watch

GBP/USD

Overview
Today last price 1.2209
Today Daily Change -0.0003
Today Daily Change % -0.02
Today daily open 1.2212
 
Trends
Daily SMA20 1.2471
Daily SMA50 1.2649
Daily SMA100 1.2639
Daily SMA200 1.2434
 
Levels
Previous Daily High 1.2256
Previous Daily Low 1.2194
Previous Weekly High 1.2425
Previous Weekly Low 1.2231
Previous Monthly High 1.2841
Previous Monthly Low 1.2548
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 1.2218
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 1.2232
Daily Pivot Point S1 1.2185
Daily Pivot Point S2 1.2159
Daily Pivot Point S3 1.2123
Daily Pivot Point R1 1.2247
Daily Pivot Point R2 1.2282
Daily Pivot Point R3 1.2309

 

 

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