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GBP/USD Struggles Due to Middle East Tensions

GBP/USD Middle East

GBP/USD under pressure amid Middle East tensions. Investors eye US CPI UK GDP for market direction and confidence.

The GBP/USD currency pair experienced a downward trend as heightened tensions in the Middle East led global markets to adopt a risk-averse stance. The US dollar, a preferred safe-haven asset, gained strength, buoyed by a robust US labor market, as evidenced by the positive Non-Farm Payroll (NFP) report released last Friday. Despite the encouraging NFP data, expectations for a November interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve remained stable. The market eagerly awaits the US Consumer Price Index (CPI) release later this week, which could significantly impact these expectations if it reveals an unexpected uptick.

GBP/USD Faces Pressure Amid Escalating Middle East Tensions and Risk-Averse Markets

In contrast, China’s return to the market after the Golden Week holiday was met with underwhelming spending figures, highlighting the need for additional stimulus from the Chinese government. This cautious economic sentiment had a detrimental effect on the British pound, closely monitored for further developments.

Moreover, prospects for the Bank of England (BoE) hinted at a potential rate pause in November. However, Investors eagerly anticipate Thursday’s UK Gross Domestic Product (GDP) report, poised to reveal positive growth figures and boost pound confidence.

Market Analysis

Technical analysis of the GBP/USD pair reveals a glimmer of hope amidst the prevailing risk aversion. Displayed a long lower wick close from the previous week, suggesting the possibility of an upside movement. Additionally, the pair has exited the oversold zone on the Relative Strength Index (RSI) following a previously noted bullish divergence. Short-term market direction hinges on critical events such as US and UK GDP data releases and developments unfolding in the Middle East.

Key Levels

Resistance Levels: 1.2308, 1.2200

Support Levels: 1.2100, 1.2000, 1.1804

Market Sentiment

Retail traders continue to show confidence in the GBP/USD pair, with 70% of traders holding net LONG positions, reflecting a prevailing optimism despite the current challenges in the market.

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