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GBP/USD pair battles headwinds from hawkish Fed and BoE’s rate hike pause


The GBP/USD currency pair has been grappling with a variety of factors during Thursday’s Asian trading session, including USD dynamics, the Federal Reserve’s hawkish stance, and the Bank of England’s (BoE) unexpected pause in rate hikes. The pair’s performance has also been shaped by key economic indicators such as the ADP report and a drop in the US ISM Services PMI.

The dynamics of the USD have been significantly influenced by expectations of a hawkish Federal Reserve. This has been further compounded by the surprising halt in rate hikes by the BoE in September, which has presented challenges for the GBP. The US Treasury bond yield fluctuations have also invoked market reactions, affecting the pair’s performance.

In addition to these influences, the GBP/USD pair is facing pressure from an anticipated rally in US equity markets, which could bolster the safe-haven appeal of the Greenback. There is also a 70% probability of unchanged interest rates at BoE’s next meeting, which could further impact the pair’s movements.

Market participants are keenly awaiting key data releases such as the UK Construction PMI and US Weekly Initial Jobless Claims. These reports have the potential to provide a fresh directional impetus for aggressive bullish traders of the GBP/USD pair.

Other factors that could sway the currency pair include upcoming data releases such as the US Non-Farm Payrolls (NFP) report and US jobs data. These indicators are expected to play significant roles in shaping USD dynamics.


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