GBP/USD bulls are on track for the 1.22 area again.

GBP/USD bulls moving back in for another attempt at the 1.22 area.The US dollar remains pinned to the floor following the dialled-down Fed monetary policy pricing in markets.  

GBP/USD is trading at 1.2160 and around flat on the day following a surge after the Federal Reserve meeting on Wednesday and a statement that left the futures markets tied to Fed policy expectations tilted towards a more moderate increase for the next meeting. This resulted in the softer US dollar which is now treading water around the lower quarter of the 106 area as per DXY, an index that measures the greenback vs. a basket of major currencies. 

”GBP has been trading under a cloud of negative sentiment for large swaths of this year,” analysts at Rabobank noted. ”It was notable in May that the BoE’s (as expected) rate hike failed to stop the pound from falling as the market latched on to the Bank’s downside growth revision.”

”Around this time the OECD forecast that the UK would see no growth in 2023, a little worse than our house forecast of 0.2%.  The BoE, like most other central banks, it committed to reigning in inflation, even at the cost of growth.  However, the absence of the latter has provided a strong headwind for the pound.”

Meanwhile, the US dollar has been pushed and pulled this week in the build-up to the Fed outcome, juggled between the bears and bulls depending on risk sentiment. The weakness in the euro has benefitted the US dollar due to the gas woes in Europe and poor business sentiment from Germany on Monday. Additionally, an overall gloomy outlook for world growth as forecasted by the International Monetary fund has helped to buoy the greenback for its safe haven allure.

However, it has been all about the Fed since Wednesday and the DXY has been trading on the backfoot since since the US central bank raised interest rates by 75 basis points,  as was widely anticipated, while comments from Fed Chair Jerome Powell spurred hopes for a slower hiking path.On Thursday, the US Gross Domestic Product was reported to have fallen at a 0.9% annualized rate last quarter, the Commerce Department said in its advance estimate of GDP. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast GDP rebounding at a 0.5% rate.

GBP/USD technical analysis

The pound is attempting to claim the 1.22 area following a pullback to the 50% mean reversion of the 4-hour bullish impulse. There is a weekly price imbalance (greyed area on the chart above) that has a confluence with the 78.6% Fibonacci retracement level that could captivate the bulls in the near future. 

AUD/USD resists fears and aims to recover 0.7000

The AUD/USD pair found demand ahead of the US close, trading at around 0.6970. Recession-related fears pushed investors into the greenback, but soaring US indexes underpinned the pair.


EURUSD supported by risk appetite but below 1.0200

The EUR/USD pair trades around 1.0180, shrugging off downbeat European data and fears of an EU economic setback. Worse-than-expected US Gross Domestic Product put financial markets upside down on Thursday.


Gold on its way to test $1,790

Gold rallied as investors continued to digest the latest US developments. The metal traded as high as $1,756.87, its highest since July 6. XAU currently trades at around $1,754, holding on to gains despite the dollar trimming most of its post-Fed losses, particularly against high-yielding currencies.

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