GBP/USD Ignores Dollar Strength After BoE’s Surprise Divison

Dear Traders,

The market digests the Fed’s hawkish policy shift and sends the U.S. dollar higher. The euro declined on the back of a strengthening dollar and thus, EUR/USD headed towards the lower barrier of its recent sideways trend channel. We now expect a next support to come in at 1.11 and 1.1070. Current resistance levels are however seen at 1.12/1.1225.

While the EUR/USD was the best performer for day traders Thursday, the GBP/USD went on a roller coaster ride after the Bank of England’s split came as a surprise for sterling traders. The pound rose against the dollar after a surprise division within the BoE’s monetary policy committee, with three members of the MPC voting for a rate increase. Given this hawkish shift despite the uncertainty that follows last week’s U.K. election, a rate hike may be closer than the market currently expects. The pound rose towards 1.28 in an initial reaction to the MPC statement. A break above 1.2820 may send the pound higher towards 1.2860 while a sustained rally in the GBP/USD might be difficult given the renewed strength in the USD. Sterling bears may however wait for a renewed break below 1.2720 in order to sell pounds towards 1.2650.

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