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GBP/USD Holds Steady Above 1.2200 Amid Geopolitical Tensions

GBP/USD Holds Steady Above 1.2200 Amid Geopolitical Tensions

The GBP/USD currency pair has been exhibiting some resilience in the face of geopolitical tensions and economic uncertainty. After opening with a modest bearish gap below 1.2200 levels at the start of a new week, the pair managed to recover, moving closer to a one-week high touched on the preceding Friday. Spot prices are currently fluctuating around the 1.2220-1.2225 region, primarily influenced by the performance of the US Dollar (USD).

The USD, traditionally seen as a safe-haven currency, received a slight boost due to a global shift towards safer assets. This trend was triggered by escalating geopolitical tensions in the Middle East. The Hamas militant group in Gaza launched attacks on Israeli towns, an event that shocked the world due to its unprecedented nature. Israel responded with airstrikes on Gaza and declared war against the Palestinian enclave of Gaza. This conflict resulted in hundreds of casualties on both sides, further intensifying global anxieties.

However, the USD’s bullish momentum is held back by uncertainties about the future path of the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) rate hikes. These uncertainties lend some support to the GBP/USD pair, preventing it from a steep decline.

On the economic front, the highly anticipated US monthly jobs data (Non-Farm Payrolls or NFP), released the previous Friday, showed that the economy added 336K jobs in September. This figure surpassed market estimates and exceeded the upwardly revised reading of 227K from the previous month. This data strengthens predictions for at least one more Fed rate hike by the end of the year, bolstering the USD. Elevated US Treasury bond yields, a byproduct of these predictions, further underpin the USD.

However, the detailed report revealed moderate wage growth during the reported month, which eased inflationary concerns. Such a development might prompt the Fed to adopt a softer stance on its hawkish monetary policy, which could impact the USD’s strength.

Therefore, investors are eagerly awaiting this week’s release of the FOMC meeting minutes on Wednesday and the latest US consumer inflation figures on Thursday. These data points will provide crucial insights into the Fed’s next policy move, which will subsequently influence the trajectory of the USD and give fresh momentum to the GBP/USD pair.

Meanwhile, expectations that the Bank of England (BoE) will maintain interest rates at their current levels during its November meeting might continue to undermine the British Pound (GBP). This could put a cap on any significant upward movement for spot prices. Despite these challenges, the GBP/USD pair continues to hold steady above 1.2200, demonstrating the market’s adaptability in the face of geopolitical and economic uncertainties.