23 August GBPUSD Fundamental Outlook: Pair is weighed down by US dollar strength

The GBPUSD pair is looking to extend its corrective slide from eleven-day tops of 1.2936, as the US dollar pullback deepens on souring risk-sentiment, in the wake of the new US tariffs on the Chinese imports that kicked-in last minutes. Read on as today’s 23 August GBPUSD Fundamental Outlook reveals more.

23 August, OctaFX – The greenback reversed a part of the sell-off fuelled by Trump’s Fed criticism and Cohen’s guilty plea, as the FOMC minutes showed that many participants saw another hike likely ‘soon’.

Further, the US dollar also benefits from the escalating US-China trade tensions, which boosts the safe-haven appeal of the buck.

Brexit optimism to keep the pound underpinned

Meanwhile, on the GBP-side of the equation, the renewed Brexit optimism could offer some support to the GBP bulls after the EU Chief Brexit Negotiator Barnier and UK Brexit Secretary Raab agreed to hold non-stop Brexit negotiations and pledged to reach a deal. 

However, it remains to be seen if the spot manages to contain the downside, as the US dollar price-action is expected to remain the exclusive driver ahead of the UK CBI realized sales and US datasets. 

23 August GBPUSD Fundamental Outlook

FXStreet’s Chief Analyst, Valeria Bednarik, notes: “On Thursday, the UK will see the release of the CBI realized sales survey, foreseen at 13% from the previous 20%.

In the meantime, the pair seems to have entered a short-term consolidative phase above the 1.2900 figure, maintaining a positive tone, as, in the 4 hours chart, the price remains well above a bullish 20 SMA, while technical indicators barely eased within overbought readings.

The positive momentum should fade on a break below 1.2865, a strong static support and the daily low. 

Support levels: 1.2865 1.2820 1.2770.

Resistance levels: 1.2935 1.2960 1.2995.”


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