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Resistance Zone Setting Up For The GBP/USD

After a muted Tuesday session, the USD is back on the march against the majors. Big gains have been made against the commodity dollars, specifically the AUD and NZD. Rallies against the Euro, British pound, and Japanese yen have also highlighted the session.

The latter part of the trading week is scheduled with several economic events that are primary market drivers. Thursday’s ECB Announcements and Friday’s U.S. and U.K. GDP reports are the three that everyone will be watching.

The GBP/USD has been on a considerable losing streak since posting fresh yearly highs last week. Yesterday’s positive action gave bulls a momentary breath of life. After a moderate rally earlier today, the bears have once again taken control.

GBP/USD Technicals

Going into the session, many traders were optimistic that the GBP/USD would catch some bids. This has not been the case, as market participants continue to favor the Greenback.


GBP/USD, Daily Chart

At press time, price is trading off of session lows around the 1.3930-1.3940 area. If Tuesday’s swing low of 1.3917 holds up, there will be defined resistance area forming:

  • Resistance(1): 20 Day EMA, 1.4075
  • Resistance(2): Bollinger MP, 1.4086 (not pictured)
  • Resistance(3): 38% Retracement, 1.4092
  • Resistance(4): Daily SMA, 1.4105

Overview: While topside resistance is on the distant horizon, we are still seeing a convergence of indicators. The area between 1.4075 and 1.4110 is setting up to be a formidable opponent for bulls. In the event that the GBP/USD finds a bottom in the near-term, this zone will set up as a premier place to sell.

Friday’s U.S/U.K GDP reports may act as catalysts for a move toward this area of resistance. Stay tuned to FX Leaders for analysis and insights leading into these two primary market movers.

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Shain Vernier
US Analyst
Shain Vernier has spent over 7 years in the market as a professional futures, options and forex trader. He holds a B.Sc. in Business Finance from the University of Montana. Shain's career includes stretches with several proprietary trading firms in addition to actively managing his own accounts. Before joining FX Leaders, he worked as a market analyst and financial writer.
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