GBP/USD may surge to 1.38 with a push from Powell

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  • GBP/USD has been holding onto high ground as Britain’s vaccine campaign continues at full speed.
  • Markets are focused on the Federal Reserve’s decision later in the day.
  • Wednesday’s four-hour chart is pointing to further gains for the pair.

The UK has surpassed 100,000 coronavirus deaths – but has also vaccinated over 10% of the population with at least one shot. Investors have been focusing on the latter figure and pushing the pound higher, especially as the EU is battling AstraZeneca around doses supplies.

Apart from proceeding at full speed on the inoculation front, Britain’s caseload is also falling, providing hope that the lockdown is removed sooner rather than later. Wednesday’s publication of upbeat jobs figures – the Unemployment Rate remains depressed at 5% – is also supporting sterling.

Source: FT

The focus now shifts to the US Federal Reserve. Investors are keen to know if the bank’s next step is cutting down on its bond-buying or rather ramping it up. On the one hand, the US is also expanding its vaccination campaign and President Joe Biden is advancing his stimulus bill. Moreover, exuberance in stock markets – such as in Gamestop – may also support cutting down support from the Fed.

On the other hand, recent economic data has been weak. The US lost 140,000 jobs in December and Retail Sales tumbled in both November and December.

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Overall, the pound has reasons to rise but the next moves heavily depend on the Fed.

GBP/USD Technical Analysis

Pound/dollar remains in an uptrend, benefits from upside momentum while the Relative Strength Index is still below 70 – outside overbought territory.

Bulls have already pushed GBP/USD to a new multi-year high of 1.3758. Above this cap, the next barrier is the round number of 1.38. It is followed by 1.3830 and 1.40, levels last seen in 2018.

Support awaits at 1.3720, the daily low. Further down, it is followed by 1.3670 and 1.3610, the weekly low.

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