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Pound Sterling Surges Following Upbeat UK GDP Report

Pound Sterling Surges

Pound Sterling Surges Amid Positive UK GDP, Defying Forecasts; BoE Optimism, Fed Concerns Shape Market Landscape.

In a surprising turn of events, the British pound experienced a significant rally against the US dollar following the release of a positive UK GDP report on Friday morning. Contrary to grim economic forecasts, the UK’s Gross Domestic Product exceeded expectations year-on-year and in business investments. The robust performance in the production sector, coupled with increased household savings ratio and disposable income, primarily drove the positive report. Chancellor Hunt expressed his optimism, stating, “Today’s GDP data once again proves doubters wrong,” bringing a much-needed boost to the UK’s economic outlook.

Pound Sterling Surges Following Upbeat UK GDP Report

This positive development had a ripple effect on the Bank of England’s expectations, leading to a slight revision in favor of a higher peak and fewer interest rate cuts by the end of 2024. Consequently, the GBP surged in early trade, marking a significant turnaround for the currency.

The US dollar further contributed to the pound’s uptick due to concerns raised by Fed officials Barking and Goolsbee. They highlighted worries about the central bank’s aggressive monetary policy stance and potential overshooting on rate hikes. This perspective contrasted sharply with Neel Kashkari’s hawkish stance, who advocated for an additional walk while suggesting no rate cuts in 2024.

As the day progresses, market participants eagerly await the release of the PCE price index, the Federal Reserve’s preferred measure of inflation. Traders expect this announcement to introduce short-term volatility, providing insights into the Fed’s decision-making process. Additionally, the market will closely monitor speeches by Fed’s Williams, anticipating cues on the central bank’s future direction, whether dovish or hawkish.

The analysis indicated a bullish trend for the GBP/USD pair on the technical front, with the price breaching the psychological handle of 1.2200 and moving out of the oversold zone, as indicated by the Relative Strength Index (RSI). This development underscored the pound’s positive sentiment, setting the stage for potential further gains.

Vital market data identified essential resistance levels at 1.2500 and 1.2308 (the 200-day moving average), with key support levels at 1.2200, 1.2100, and 1.2000. Moreover, the MIXED IG CLIENT SENTIMENT for GBP/USD revealed that retail traders were currently net LONG on GBP/USD, with 71% of traders holding long positions, as of the latest data available, adding an exciting dimension to the market dynamics.

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