GBP/USD Price Analysis: Bears challenge ascending channel support on upbeat US ADP report.

GBP/USD comes under heavy selling pressure on Thursday amid resurgent USD demand.The upbeat US ADP report provides an additional lift to the USD and contributes to the slide.

The technical setup favours bearish traders and supports prospects for a further downfall.The GBP/USD pair continues losing ground through the early North American session and weakens further below the 1.2000 psychological mark in reaction to the upbeat US ADP report.

According to the data published by Automatic Data Processing (ADP), the US private sector employers added 235K jobs in December against expectations for a reading of 150K. This comes on the back of a hawkish assessment of the FOMC meeting minutes and provides a strong boost to the US Dollar, which, in turn, exerts downward pressure on the GBP/USD pair.

From a technical perspective, the recent fall and acceptance below the 200-day SMA suggested that the strong recovery from an all-time low might have run out of steam already. This GBP/USD pair is seen flirting with support marked by the lower end of an ascending channel extending from late September, which if broken should pave the way for deeper losses.

Given that oscillators on the daily chart have just started gaining negative traction, the GBP/USD pair might then turn vulnerable to accelerate the slide towards the 1.1900 mark. The downward trajectory could get extended further towards the 1.1825-1.1820 intermediate support en route to the 1.1800 round figure and the 1.1750-1.1740 horizontal support zone.

On the flip side, attempted recovery might now confront immediate resistance near the 1.2000 mark ahead of the 1.2025 region (200 DMA). The next relevant hurdle is pegged near the 1.2075-1.2080 region ahead of the 1.2100 mark. A sustained strength beyond will negate any near-term negative outlook and allow the GBP/USD pair to aim back to reclaim the 1.2200 round figure.

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