GBP/USD trims Tuesday’s losses after hitting a YTD low of 1.1802.
Labor market data in the United States portrays a tight labor market; focus shifts to Friday’s Nonfarm Payrolls.
BoE’s Mann: The Pound Sterling could be vulnerable to weakening based on other central banks’ outlooks.
GBP/USD stays around 1.1840s, following hawkish remarks by the US Federal Reserve (Fed) Chair Jerome Powell. Powell’s two-day testimony before the US Congress will conclude on Wednesday at the US House of Representatives, with market participants expecting him to remain hawkish. Therefore, the GBP/USD is exchanging hands at 1.1843, gaining 0.10%.
Federal Reserve Chair Powell testifies at the US House of Representatives
The GBP/USD will likely remain at familiar levels, as the market has priced in Powell’s hawkishness on Tuesday. On Wednesday, labor market data revealed in the United States (US) economic docket reinforced the Federal Reserve’s view about the tightness of the labor market. February’s ADP report revealed that the US private sector added 242,000 jobs, more than the expected 200,000.Later, job openings for January in the United States dropped less than estimates, as shown by the JOLTS report. Job openings, a measure of labor demand, decreased to 10.8M. However, data came above forecasts of 10.5M. Given the backdrop, Jerome Powell and Co. could justify higher rates, which could be confirmed by next Friday’s US Nonfarm Payrolls report.
The US Dollar Index (DXY) has trimmed some of its losses and is down 0.08%, at 105.535, after diving to 105.365. US Treasury bond yields, namely the 10-year, are still pressured, falling two and a half bps to 3.942%.
At the time of writing, Fed Chair Jerome Powell is testifying at the US House of Representatives and has managed to stay hawkish as his previous appearance in the US Senate.
On the United Kingdom (UK) front, Bank of England (BoE) policymakers had been crossing the wires. Swati Dhingra said on Wednesday that risks of overtightening “pose a more material risk at this point, through potential negative impacts from increased borrowing costs and reduced supply capacity going forwards.” Of note, she voted for no change in the last two meetings.
Contrarily, Catherine Mann, one of the hawks at the BoE, commented that the Pound Sterling (GBP) could be vulnerable to other central banks’ outlooks. That could hurt the Pound’s prospects if the Federal Reserve and the Europen Central Bank (ECB) continued their tightening cycles.