GBP/USD jumps to fresh session tops, closer to 1.2900 handle

   •  A modest USD pull-back helps ease bearish pressure and bounce off lows.
   •  Carney’s says nothing notable on interest rates or change in the policy outlook.
   •  Traders now look forward to Powell’s speech for short-term opportunities.

The GBP/USD pair reversed an early European session dip to fresh three-week lows and is currently placed at fresh session tops, around the 1.2880-85 region.

A modest US Dollar profit-taking slide from the highest level since December was seen as one of the key triggers behind the pair's initial leg of bounce from an intraday low level of 1.2834.

Despite news of the deal to avert a fresh government shutdown and optimism over a possible US-China trade deal, the greenback struggled to gain traction and capitalize on the recent upsurge. 

The subsequent up-move lacked any obvious catalyst but followed the BoE Governor Mark Carney's comments, saying nothing notable on interest rates or signalling a change in the monetary policy outlook.

Hence, it would prudent to wait for a strong follow-through up-move to see if the uptick is backed by any genuine buying or is solely led by some short-covering move amid persistent Brexit uncertainties.

Moving ahead, speeches by several FOMC officials, including the Fed Chair Jerome Powell, will now be looked upon for some impetus but key focus will remain on the Brexit parliamentary debate on Thursday, Feb. 14. 

Technical levels to watch


    Today Last Price: 1.2879
    Today Daily change %: 0.13%
    Today Daily Open: 1.2862
    Daily SMA20: 1.3001
    Daily SMA50: 1.2815
    Daily SMA100: 1.2888
    Daily SMA200: 1.3021
    Previous Daily High: 1.295
    Previous Daily Low: 1.2844
    Previous Weekly High: 1.3103
    Previous Weekly Low: 1.2854
    Previous Monthly High: 1.3214
    Previous Monthly Low: 1.2438
    Daily Fibonacci 38.2%: 1.2885
    Daily Fibonacci 61.8%: 1.291
    Daily Pivot Point S1: 1.2821
    Daily Pivot Point S2: 1.278
    Daily Pivot Point S3: 1.2715
    Daily Pivot Point R1: 1.2927
    Daily Pivot Point R2: 1.2992
    Daily Pivot Point R3: 1.3033


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