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    GBP/USD attracts some sellers below 1.2620 on Fed Waller’s hawkish comments

    FXStreet
    Updated Mar 28, 2024 24:13
    Mitrade

    ■  GBP/USD remains under pressure around 1.2614 following hawkish comments from Fed’s official on Thursday. 

    ■  Fed’s Waller said there is no rush to cut the rate and may need to maintain the current rate for longer than expected.

    ■  The dovish comments from BoE’s Bailey about rate cuts weigh on GBP. 

    ■  Investors will focus on the BoE's Mann speech, final UK Q4 GDP, and US GDP annualized data, due on Thursday. 


    The GBP/USD pair attracts some sellers to 1.2614 after retreating from a daily high of 1.2640 during the early Asian session on Thursday. The sell-off of the major pair is backed by recent hawkish comments from US Federal Reserve (Fed) official, affirming the higher-for-longer stance and no need to rush the rate cuts.

    Early Wednesday, Fed Governor Christopher Waller said that the US central bank is in no rush to cut the benchmark rate and may need to “maintain the current rate target for longer than expected.” Waller emphasized that the Fed is in no rush to cut the policy rate as it’s prudent to hold its restrictive stance for longer than previously expected to bring down inflation to the 2% target. His hawkish comments boost the Greenback higher to 104.45 and weigh on the major pair. 

    On the other hand, the Bank of England (BoE) held the interest rate unchanged at 5.25% for the fifth meeting in a row last week. The UK central bank turned dovish on the interest rate outlook, and this has exerted some selling pressure on the Pound Sterling (GBP). The BoE Governor Andrew Bailey said that interest rate cuts will be ‘in play’ at future BoE policy meetings.

    Market players will monitor the speech by BoE's C. Mann and the final UK Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth numbers for Q4 on Thursday. Any dovish comments from the BoE policymaker or the weaker-than-expected GDP number might extend the selling pressure on the GBP. On the US docket, the GDP annualized number, the weekly Initial Jobless Claims and the Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index will be due later in the day. 


    GBP/USD


    Overview
    Today last price 1.2618
    Today Daily Change -0.0010
    Today Daily Change % -0.08
    Today daily open 1.2628
     
    Trends
    Daily SMA20 1.272
    Daily SMA50 1.268
    Daily SMA100 1.2645
    Daily SMA200 1.2591
     
    Levels
    Previous Daily High 1.2668
    Previous Daily Low 1.2622
    Previous Weekly High 1.2804
    Previous Weekly Low 1.2575
    Previous Monthly High 1.2773
    Previous Monthly Low 1.2518
    Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 1.264
    Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 1.2651
    Daily Pivot Point S1 1.2611
    Daily Pivot Point S2 1.2594
    Daily Pivot Point S3 1.2565
    Daily Pivot Point R1 1.2657
    Daily Pivot Point R2 1.2686
    Daily Pivot Point R3 1.2703

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