GBP/USD spikes to weekly tops, eyeing to reclaim 1.3000 mark ahead of FOMC

  • GBP/USD continued gaining positive traction for the third consecutive session on Wednesday.
  • The heavily offered tone surrounding the USD was seen as a key factor driving the pair higher.
  • The focus remains firmly on the highly anticipated FOMC decision ahead of BoE on Thursday.

The GBP/USD pair shot to fresh weekly tops during the early North American session, with bulls now eyeing to reclaim and build on the momentum beyond the key 1.3000 psychological mark.

As investors digested the recent developments surrounding the Brexit saga, the heavily offered tone surrounding the US dollar assisted the GBP/USD pair to build on its recent bounce from seven-week lows. The USD bearish pressure remained unabated following the release of disappointing US Monthly Retail Sales figures for August.

Data published by the US Census Bureau revealed on Wednesday showed that the headline sales rose by 0.6% MoM in August as compared to the 1% rise anticipated. Adding to this, the previous month's reading was also revised lower to 0.9% from 1.2% reported earlier. Meanwhile, sales excluding autos also missed expectations and grew 0.7% MoM.

Apart from a broad-based USD weakness, possibilities of some short-term trading stops being triggered above the 1.2915-20 region further contributed to the strong momentum for the third consecutive session. It, however, remains to be seen if the GBP/USD pair is able to capitalize on the move or runs into some fresh supply at higher levels.

Wednesday's key focus will remain on the highly anticipated FOMC monetary policy decision and updated economic/inflation projections. Some repositioning trade ahead of the key central bank event might infuse some volatility around the GBP/USD pair and produce some meaningful trading opportunities.

Technical levels to watch


Today last price 1.2974
Today Daily Change 0.0085
Today Daily Change % 0.66
Today daily open 1.2889
Daily SMA20 1.3126
Daily SMA50 1.2979
Daily SMA100 1.2703
Daily SMA200 1.2734
Previous Daily High 1.2926
Previous Daily Low 1.2815
Previous Weekly High 1.3279
Previous Weekly Low 1.2763
Previous Monthly High 1.3396
Previous Monthly Low 1.2982
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 1.2884
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 1.2858
Daily Pivot Point S1 1.2827
Daily Pivot Point S2 1.2765
Daily Pivot Point S3 1.2716
Daily Pivot Point R1 1.2939
Daily Pivot Point R2 1.2988
Daily Pivot Point R3 1.305



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