Search ForexCrunch
  • GBP/USD remains vulnerable below the 1.3700 mark.
  • Upbeat US PCE price index figures boosted the US dollar.
  • UK-France disputes on fishing rights continue to weigh on the pound.
  • Key US data releases are eyed, including US PMI, ISM, and NFP.

Trying to regain a foothold after Friday’s hard hit, the GBP/USD price is under pressure below 1.3700. However, as the US dollar continues to strengthen and Brexit risks loom, the bears remain in control.

-If you are interested in forex day trading then have a read of our guide to getting started-

As the PCE price index climbs to 4.4% y/y in September compared with 4.2% growth earlier on Friday, the US dollar index continues to climb near two-week highs amid growing expectations of an earlier-than-expected Fed interest rate hike.

Treasury bonds have also experienced an increase in yield. The 10-year base rates have risen by 1.50% so far. The markets responded fully to the Fed’s announcement of reducing its bond purchases this week.

In addition, escalating disputes between the UK and France over fishing rights will affect the British currency. In a recent interview with the Financial Times (FT), French President Emmanuel Macron said the Brexit dispute was a “test” of Britain’s “credibility.”

“It will be a drama, it will be a disaster,” Jean-Marc Puisso, head of the French ports of Calais and Boulogne, warned despite this.

Vice president of International Relations and Forecasting at the European Commission, Maros Sefcovic, said: “He fears the (British) government won’t consider proposals from Brussels.”

The pair will likely remain tense as they prepare for the big week, keeping an eye on the Fed and Bank of England announcements as well as Friday’s NFP report. Meanwhile, dealers will benchmark their business against the final UK Manufacturing PMI and the US ISM Manufacturing PMI.

-Are you looking for automated trading? Check our detailed guide-

GBP/USD price technical analysis: Bears to test 1.3600

GBP/USD 4-hour price chart

The GBP/USD price remains under strong bearish pressure below the 200-period SMA. The price is also well below other key moving averages and the key level of 1.3700. However, the price is now at another important horizontal support level of 1.3660. If the support is broken, we may see a plunge towards the 1.3600 area ahead of 1.3570. On the upside, 200-period SMA (1.3675) and 1.3700 will be the key hurdles to overcome. The volume data shows a bearish bias while the price is still at a low average daily range level at the moment.

Looking to trade forex now? Invest at eToro!

68% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.