• GBP/USD seesaws around multi-year low after a volatile day in favor of the bears.
  • US dollar rises after Fed matched market forecasts with 75 bps rate hike, Powell predicts painful journey to tame inflation.
  • Fears from Russia’s announcement of mobilization of troops, China supersede stimulus efforts from the UK’s new government.
  • BOE is likely to announce 0.50% rate hike can offer positive surprise to Cable buyers while following friends in the line.

GBP/USD bears take a breather at the fresh low since 1985, portrayed after Fed-inspired losses, as traders brace for the Bank of England’s (BOE) monetary policy decision on Thursday. Also restricting the Cable pair’s immediate moves could be the lack of major catalysts during the initial Asian session.

The quote dropped the fresh 37-year low after the US Federal Reserve (Fed) announced 75 basis points (bps) of a rate hike. The Fed’s action was the third one in a line of such kind, as it wants to tame inflation fears even at the cost of a “sustained period of below-trend growth” and a softening in the labor market. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell also signaled that the way to tame inflation isn’t painless ahead. While the Fed matched market forecasts, the economic fears surrounding the rate hikes and expectations of another 0.75% increase in November kept the US Dollar on the front foot, despite marking heavy volatility around the announcements.

Other than the Fed-linked moves, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement to mobilize partial troops also reignited the Ukraine-linked geopolitical fears and drowned the GBP/USD prices. Russian President Putin threatened the West on Wednesday, noting that “We have lots of weapons to reply, it is not a bluff.” Following him was Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu who said that “We are fighting not only with Ukraine but the collective west.” In a reaction, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said, “Partial mobilization of Russian troops is a bad and wrong development,” adding that the “Government is in consultations on next step.” Jens Stoltenberg, NATO's Secretary General, told Reuters that Russian President Putin's announcement of military mobilization and threat to use nuclear weapons was "dangerous and reckless rhetoric."

At home, UK Business Department announced on Wednesday that said it would cap the cost of electricity and gas for businesses. Following that, British Prime Minister Liz Truss also mentioned that they will be introducing low-tax investment zones across the UK, as reported by Reuters. It should be noted that the UK PM Truss also reiterated that they are open to negotiating a trade deal when the US is ready to do so. 

Against this backdrop, Wall Street ended the day on a negative tone while the US Treasury yields also dropped amid the market’s rush for risk safety.

Looking forward, GBP/USD traders will pay attention to the BOE moves as the “Old Lady”, as it is popularly known, is expected to announce 50 basis points (bps) rate hike amid increasing inflation fears. However, the BOE’s peers from the US, Sweden and Brazil have recently announced a 0.75% rate increase and the central bank is under pressure to take a big move, even if the latest UK statistics don’t support the claim, which in turn hints at a positive surprise from the British central bank and a corrective bounce of the Cable.

Technical analysis

Unless bouncing back beyond the lower line of a four-month-old bearish channel, around 1.1300 by the press time, GBP/USD is vulnerable to printing more downside. In that case, the 1.1000 psychological magnet and the year 1985 low near 1.0520 will be in focus.

Additional important levels

Overview
Today last price 1.128
Today Daily Change -0.0101
Today Daily Change % -0.89%
Today daily open 1.1381
 
Trends
Daily SMA20 1.1574
Daily SMA50 1.1852
Daily SMA100 1.2085
Daily SMA200 1.2686
 
Levels
Previous Daily High 1.1461
Previous Daily Low 1.1357
Previous Weekly High 1.1738
Previous Weekly Low 1.1351
Previous Monthly High 1.2294
Previous Monthly Low 1.1599
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 1.1397
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 1.1421
Daily Pivot Point S1 1.1338
Daily Pivot Point S2 1.1296
Daily Pivot Point S3 1.1234
Daily Pivot Point R1 1.1442
Daily Pivot Point R2 1.1504
Daily Pivot Point R3 1.1546

 

 

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