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GBP/USD Smashes Through Psychological 1.15 Level as PM Sunak Takes Charge

GBP/USD Smashes Through Psychological 1.15 Level as PM Sunak Takes Charge

Zain Vawda, Analyst
  • GBP/USD Benefits as Dollar Bulls Take Extended Breather.
  • Markets Seem to Have Reacted Positively to PM Sunak and His New Cabinet.
  • Price Back Above Psychological 1.15 Level. 2022 Descending Trendline to Cap Further Gains?

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GBP/USD Fundamental Backdrop

GBP/USD continued its rally higher this morning on renewed US dollar weakness, breaking above the psychological 1.15 level. This comes despite comments from the UK Foreign Minister James Cleverly that he cannot confirm if the budget will still come on October 31. He continued by saying that PM Sunak will want to take time and look at the details of the fiscal statement.

PM Sunak in his first address confirmed that he is likely to stick by the 2019 manifesto set out by the Tory party while stating that economic stability will be at the heart of the agenda. In a further positive for market stability, Jeremy Hunt will remain as Chancellor of the Exchequer with UK lawmaker Dominic Raab appointed as Deputy PM and Justice Secretary. Given the decline seen in the 10-Year Gilt yield it seems markets have responded positively to the Prime Minister’s first moves as bigger challenges lie ahead.

UK Government Bonds 10Y Yield, Daily Chart- October 26, 2022

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Source: TradingView

Chancellor Hunt meanwhile confirmed that he had a conversation with Bank of England (BoE) Governor Andrew Bailey. The Chancellor reiterated his commitment to the central banks independence and inflation targeting while agreeing on the need to work together to restore confidence and credibility. A welcome step given the disconnect between the Government and the BoE following the ‘Trussonomics’ budget.

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Later in the day we have a host of medium rated data out of the US with new home sales numbers of particular interest. Estimates are pointing to a significantly lower print with a miss likely to keep the GBP bid ahead of tomorrow’s US GDP numbers.

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GBP/USD Daily Chart – October 26, 2022

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Source: TradingView

From a technical perspective, the pair has smashed through the 1.15 psychological level as the price tests trendline resistance around the 1.16 area. A break higher here should lead price toward the 1.1750 area which lines up with the 100-SMA. Cable does need a daily candle close above the 1.15 level to ensure further upside potential.

Alternatively, a break and candle close below 1.15 could see the pair drop lower toward support areas around 1.14 or lower around 1.1250 which lines up with the 50 and 20-SMA respectively.

Key intraday levels that are worth watching:

Support Areas

•1.1500

•1.1400

•1.1250

Resistance Areas

•1.1600

•1.1750

•1.2000

GBP/USD Mixed
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Weekly -4% -1% -2%
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Written by: Zain Vawda, Markets Writer for DailyFX.com

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