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  • GBP/USD has moved back to flat after trading as much as -0.84% on Thursday.
  • The price has been very volatile all session with lots of data highlights.

The Bank of England send sterling lower

Monetary policymakers in the UK sent the pound into free fall earlier in the session on Thursday after the bank said they had briefed staff over negative rates. They would not be the first as the ECB, SNB and BoJ have all used the tool in the past with the SNB and BoJ still in negative territory. The BoE kept their stimulus program on hold for now and highlighted the uncertainty the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing on the economy. They did however say that the economy has performed better than expected.

The US data today has not been great as U.S. jobless claims remained elevated pretty high at 860,000. Adding to this, both housing starts and the Philadelphia Fed business index fell. This could be the reason that some of those losses in the pare had been pared. Tomorrow the market will get the latest UK retail sales data and it is expected to fall from 3.6% to 0.07%. This could be slightly harsh are not many more lockdowns have been put in place and many holidays had been cancelled so more people stayed in the UK in August. Although, Job uncertainty could be taking its toll.

GBP/USD 30-minute chart

GBP/USD has now pretty much retaken all of the ground lost after the policy statement release. The price was as low as 1.2864 at one point and now is settling at 1.2919 but importantly remains below the 1.30 resistance. 

Looking closer at the chart, the price bounced nicely off the red support level just above 1.2860 which had been used twice before. After also piercing the trendline, the price then went back on to recover to the current level. On the last 30-minute candle it seems like a bank of sell-orders were waiting at 1.30 because the price shot down at the psychological resistance. Now if the bulls are to have any chance of gaining momentum the high of 1.3007 need to be taken out. On the downside the blue support at 1.2918 looks pretty firm. If the bears break that level then a run on levels lower down could be on the cards. This would mean the downtrend on the 4-hour timeframe could continue over the medium term.

GBP/USD Post BoE Negative Interest Rates

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