GBP/USD struggles to cheer US Dollar’s retreat near 1.2700 ahead of UK employment, US Retail Sales data

  • GBP/USD stays defensive after bouncing off six-week low, clings to mild gains of late.
  • Downbeat US inflation expectations, market’s positioning for US Retail Sales trigger US Dollar pullback.
  • Fears of tight labor market, slower economic growth keep a tab on Pound Sterling price ahead of UK job numbers.
  • Improvement in wage growth, positive surprise from Employment Change can favor Cable to extend recovery.

GBP/USD sticks to mild gains around 1.2700 as market players brace for the top-tier UK/US statistics on early Tuesday. That said, the Cable pair recently bounced off the lowest level in 1.5 months amid the US Dollar’s pullback but fails to extend the recovery moves amid cautious mood in the markets ahead of the data, as well as due to mixed concerns about the frontline risk catalysts.

That said, the US Dollar Index (DXY) retreats from the highest level in five weeks, printing the first daily loss in four around 103.05 by the press time, after witnessing downbeat inflation clues. That said, the New York Fed’s one-year inflation expectations eased to 3.5% for July, down three points by falling to the lowest level since April 2021. New York Fed survey, however, also suggested confidence in positive labor market conditions and economic transition.

Apart from that, the comments from US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, who turned down fears about the US economy emanating from a likely slowdown in China, appear to favor the sentiment and favor the GBP/USD bulls of late. Even so, US Treasury Secretary Yellen cited the risks to the global economic developments from China’s slowdown, the Russia-Ukraine war and climate change-related disasters, as well as their spillover effects.

It should be noted that a slew of China data and comments from China’s Stats Bureau Official recently flagged economic fears about the world’s second-largest economy and prod the risk-on mood.

At home, the UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) released details of their latest survey while stating that the human resources executives expected to increase basic pay rates by a median of 5% – unchanged from the previous two quarters and the joint-highest readings since the survey started in 2012, per Reuters. The news increases the hawkish bias about the Bank of England (BoE) after the upbeat UK growth numbers published the last week.

Against this backdrop, the S&P500 Futures print mild gains and the US 10-year Treasury bond yields seesaw around the highest level since November 2022, marked the previous day.

Looking forward, a likely unchanged UK Unemployment Rate for three months to June, at 4.0%, will jostle with an expected improvement in the Average Earnings for three months to June.

Technical analysis

GBP/USD remains within a six-week-old ascending triangle bullish chart formation, currently between 1.2775 and 1.2630, amid bearish MACD signals.


Today last price1.2691
Today Daily Change0.0007
Today Daily Change %0.06%
Today daily open1.2684
Daily SMA201.2805
Daily SMA501.2769
Daily SMA1001.2613
Daily SMA2001.2357
Previous Daily High1.2715
Previous Daily Low1.2617
Previous Weekly High1.2819
Previous Weekly Low1.2666
Previous Monthly High1.3142
Previous Monthly Low1.2659
Daily Fibonacci 38.2%1.2654
Daily Fibonacci 61.8%1.2677
Daily Pivot Point S11.2629
Daily Pivot Point S21.2573
Daily Pivot Point S31.253
Daily Pivot Point R11.2727
Daily Pivot Point R21.277
Daily Pivot Point R31.2825
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