- GBP/USD edged lower during the early North American session in reaction to the upbeat US NFP report.
- The US economy added 372K new jobs in June (268K expected) and the jobless rate held steady at 3.6%.
- The data reaffirmed bets for aggressive Fed rate hikes and continued lending support to the greenback.
The GBP/USD pair struggled to capitalize on its intraday bounce from the 1.1920 region and attracted fresh selling in reaction to mostly upbeat US employment details. The pair was last seen trading around the 1.1985-1.1980 region, down nearly 0.35% during the early North American session.
The intraday US dollar pullback from a two-decade high was quickly bought into after the headline NFP showed that the US economy added 372K jobs in June. This was slightly below the previous month's downwardly revised reading of 384K, though it was well above the 268K anticipated. Adding to this, the Unemployment Rate held steady at 3.6%, as expected, and cemented expectations for a more aggressive policy tightening by the Fed.
The prevalent cautious mood around the equity markets offered some support to the safe-haven greenback. Weaker US Treasury bond yields held back the USD bulls from placing fresh bets and offered some support to the GBP/USD pair, at least for the time being. The near-term bias, however, remains tilted in favour of bearish traders amid Brexit woes and expectations for a less hawkish Bank of England.
Investors remain concerned that the UK government's controversial Northern Ireland Protocol Bill could trigger a trade war with the European Union amid the cost-of-living crisis. Furthermore, recession fears could force the BoE to adopt a gradual approach toward raising interest rates and act as a headwind for the British pound.
Technical levels to watch
|Today last price||1.2017|
|Today Daily Change||-0.0007|
|Today Daily Change %||-0.06|
|Today daily open||1.2024|
|Previous Daily High||1.203|
|Previous Daily Low||1.1909|
|Previous Weekly High||1.2332|
|Previous Weekly Low||1.1976|
|Previous Monthly High||1.2617|
|Previous Monthly Low||1.1934|
|Daily Fibonacci 38.2%||1.1984|
|Daily Fibonacci 61.8%||1.1955|
|Daily Pivot Point S1||1.1945|
|Daily Pivot Point S2||1.1867|
|Daily Pivot Point S3||1.1824|
|Daily Pivot Point R1||1.2066|
|Daily Pivot Point R2||1.2108|
|Daily Pivot Point R3||1.2187|
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