Charting GBP Path: Navigate market shifts with insights on Pound trajectory ahead of pivotal UK & US reports
All eyes are on upcoming economic data to shape monetary policy forecasts, with scheduled speeches from Fed and BoE speakers. GBP/USD holds above 1.22 but remains within a bearish flag pattern.
The British Pound started the week slightly higher against the US dollar following last week’s significant depreciation. The hawkish stance of Fed Chair Jerome Powell supported the greenback, and market focus is now on crucial economic data from both the UK and the US. Early today, Rightmove reported a rapid decline in UK housing prices, attributing it to tight credit conditions resulting from the Bank of England’s (BoE) high interest rates.
The Pound Trajectory Ahead of Pivotal UK & US Reports
Today’s economic schedule is relatively quiet, focusing on speeches from Fed and BoE representatives before a busy week of economic events. UK jobs data, though important, might need some key elements affecting its accuracy and impact on both the Pound and BoE monetary policy; this makes the upcoming UK inflation print more influential. The week’s focal point is the US Consumer Price Index (CPI), which could reinforce Fed Chair Powell’s remarks and strengthen the USD.
Daily price action is confined between the 50-day moving average and the psychological handle of 1.2200 while maintaining a bearish flag pattern.
The Relative Strength Index (RSI) indicates hesitancy, hovering around the midpoint level.
Upcoming data releases will influence short-term directional bias.
Key Resistance Levels
Flag resistance at 1.2308
Key Support Levels
Mixed IG Client Sentiment (GBP/USD)
IG Client Sentiment Data (IGCS) reveals that retail traders are currently net LONG on GBP/USD, with 69% of traders holding long positions (as of this writing).
In summary, combining technical analysis and client sentiment data suggests that the GBP/USD pair navigates a pivotal juncture. Traders are closely monitoring key levels and awaiting upcoming economic data releases, especially given the potential impact on monetary policy decisions by the Federal Reserve and the Bank of England.