• The GBP/USD snaps three days of consecutive weekly losses and begins with gains for the second straight week.
  • Sterling rallies on risk appetite, a weaker greenback, and a more “hawkish” than expected BoE Governor Bailey.
  • GBP/USD Price Forecast: Failure at 1.2600 to leave the major exposed to further selling pressure.

The British pound is extending its recovery after posting its first weekly gain in five and begins the beginning week on the right foot on Monday. At 1.2578, the GBP/USD reflects the upbeat market mood as European and North American investors shrug off concerns of an economic slowdown, as shown by equities edging up amidst a busy week with central bankers taking center stage.

The GBP/USD rallies in a favorable mood, and a soft US dollar

Additionally, as shown by its US Dollar Index, the greenback remains defensive, falling 0.82% and sitting at around 102.173, breaking below analysts’ so-called strong 103.000 level, a tailwind for the GBP/USD. Contrarily, US Treasury yields grind higher four basis points, sitting at 2.828%, regaining some strength after last week’s 4.69% fall.

Meanwhile, the GBP/USD opened the week near the 1.2470s area and, due to favorable market sentiment, rallied 100-pips, reclaiming the 1.2500 mark and closing at the 1.2600 price level, last seen on May 5.

An absent UK economic docket left the Bank of England’s (BoE) Governor Andrew Bailey as the catalyst for the day and sounded very “hawkish” aligned to most MPC members. He said that the central bank is ready to hike rates if needed and added that policymakers can and “must” take actions needed to return inflation to target over a period that avoids unnecessary volatility

Bailey said he rejected the argument that the BoE’s response let demand out of hand, thus stoking inflation.

Elsewhere, on the US front, the economic docket features the Chicago Fed National Activity Index for April, which rose by 0.47,  higher than the  0.36 of the previous reading, and further, Fed speaking, with Atlanta’s Fed President, Raphael Bostic, crossing the wires.

 GBP/USD Price Forecast: Technical outlook

According to the daily chart, the GBP/USD remains under downward pressure, despite recovering some 400-plus pips after reaching a year-to-date low at 1.2155. On Monday, the major attempted a break above 1.2600 but failed. Also, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) at 50.58, its slope is beginning to aim horizontal, signaling that the upward move is fading.

Upwards, the GBP/USD first resistance would be 1.2600. Break above would expose May 4 daily high at 1.2638, followed by the April 26 daily high at 1.2772. On the other hand, the major first support would be 1.2500. Latter’s breach would send the pair tumbling towards 1.2400, followed by the May 17 daily low at 1.2315 and the YTD low at 1.2155.

GBP/USD

Overview
Today last price 1.2578
Today Daily Change 0.0088
Today Daily Change % 0.70
Today daily open 1.2486
 
Trends
Daily SMA20 1.2435
Daily SMA50 1.2828
Daily SMA100 1.3156
Daily SMA200 1.3361
 
Levels
Previous Daily High 1.25
Previous Daily Low 1.2438
Previous Weekly High 1.2525
Previous Weekly Low 1.2217
Previous Monthly High 1.3167
Previous Monthly Low 1.2411
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 1.2476
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 1.2461
Daily Pivot Point S1 1.2449
Daily Pivot Point S2 1.2412
Daily Pivot Point S3 1.2387
Daily Pivot Point R1 1.2511
Daily Pivot Point R2 1.2537
Daily Pivot Point R3 1.2574

 

 

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