Baxia Markets
March 28, 2024

GBPUSD Faces Pressure Amid Hawkish Fed Tone and GDP Data Anticipation

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The GBPUSD pair maintains a defensive stance near 1.2630 during early European trading hours on Thursday, facing headwinds from a stronger US Dollar (USD) propelled by hawkish remarks from Federal Reserve (Fed) Governor Christopher Waller. Waller's comments suggesting the Fed's reluctance to cut benchmark rates in the near term have bolstered the USD, adding pressure on GBPUSD.

GBPUSD Faces Pressure Amid Hawkish Fed Tone and GDP Data Anticipation
Traders are closely eyeing the final UK Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth number for Q4, anticipated to contract by 0.3% quarter-on-quarter. This anticipation comes amidst contrasting economic forecasts, with the GBP's GDP expected to decline by 0.2%, while the US GDP is forecasted to contract by 3.2%, a notable downturn from previous growth figures. Additionally, the Chicago Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for the USD is expected to improve to 45.9 from the previous reading of 44.0, adding further complexity to currency market dynamics.

From a technical standpoint, GBPUSD remains bearish on the 1-hour timeframe chart, with prices trading below the key Exponential Moving Averages (EMAs) and the value area delineated by the volume profile. Key resistance levels are identified at the EMA 200 and the upper side of the value area, currently positioned at 1.2777.

Oscillator indicators such as the Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) and Relative Strength Index (RSI) have been fluctuating between bullish and bearish zones in recent trading sessions, indicative of a ranging market environment. As such, traders may find it challenging to rely solely on these indicators for directional cues amid market uncertainty.

Overall, the long-term outlook for GBPUSD remains bearish, with potential for further downside pressure if US GDP outperforms expectations and UK GDP falls short of forecasts. Traders remain vigilant for any developments in economic data releases and central bank actions, which could significantly impact the currency pair's trajectory in the near term.


Key Takeaways:

  1. GBPUSD pressured by hawkish Fed remarks and anticipation of GDP data.
  2. US Dollar strength weighs on GBPUSD near 1.2630 during early European trading.
  3. Technical analysis suggests bearish outlook for GBPUSD pair on 1-hour timeframe.
  4. Market volatility expected as traders await final UK GDP growth figures for Q4.
  5. Oscillator indicators fluctuate, adding complexity to GBPUSD trading dynamics.

Key Economic Releases to Watch Today


Forecast -0.2% vs Previous 0.3%


Forecast -3.2% vs Previous 4.9%

USD,  Chicago PMI

Forecast 45.9 vs Previous 44.0



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