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GBP/USD Video 29.05.20.

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Increasing U.S. – China Tensions Do Not Help The U.S. Dollar

GBP/USD is testing the resistance level at 1.2350 as the U.S. dollar remains under pressure against a broad basket of currencies despite the increase in U.S. – China tensions.

U.S. President Donald Trump is set to hold a press conference on China on Friday. The key intrigue is whether U.S. will choose some mild sanctions like travel bans for certain Chinese officials or impose new tariffs on China.

Interestingly, the deterioration of U.S. – China relations and the prospect of a new phase of the trade war between the two biggest economies do not help the U.S. dollar which has served as a safe haven asset of last resort during the coronavirus crisis.

The U.S. Dollar Index, which measures the strength of the U.S. dollar against a broad basket of currencies, has broken out of the 99 – 101 range and is trending down, which is bullish for GBP/USD. Currently, the U.S. Dollar Index has settled closer to 98.

It’s too early to say whether the safe haven status is shifting from the U.S. dollar to gold, which is gaining ground today. If that’s the case, GBP/USD will get more support in the upcoming trading sessions.

Technical Analysis

The recent sell-off, caused by fears about upcoming Brexit problems, proved to be temporary, and GBP/USD quickly returned above 1.2250 and headed towards the test of the nearest resistance level at 1.2350.

This level has already been tested several times, and each time GBP/USD met significant resistance. The 50 EMA is located in the nearby and serves as an additional obstacle on the way up.

In case GBP/USD manages to settle above 1.2350, it will gain additional upside momentum and head towards the next resistance level at 1.2450.

On the support side, the nearest support for GBP/USD is located at the 20 EMA at 1.2280, followed by the major support level at 1.2250. Most likely, the whole area between 1.2250 and 1.2280 will serve as one significant support level for GPB/USD.

If GBP/USD settles below this level, it will gain downside momentum and head towards the test of the next support area between 1.2170 and 1.2200.

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