GBP/USD Technical Outlook: Time For a Breather


GBP/USD, BRITISH POUND – Technical Outlook:

  • GBP/USD’s spectacular two-month rally could be due to breathing.
  • Certainly, there are no signs of a reversal yet.
  • What are the signposts to look for?

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GBP/USD’s spectacular two-month rally could be due to breathing.

GBP/USD is testing a stiff barrier above the 200-day moving average for the first time since January, not too far from another major ceiling at the August high of 1.2300. It was last decisively above the long-term moving average in 2021. Therefore, a break above the convergence barrier will have implications for the medium-term outlook. In recent weeks, the probability that the downtrend of GBP / USD has ‘capitulated’ has increased – first highlighted in October with a follow-up last weekend.

GBP/USD Daily Chart


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For the time being, the chances are that that cable could soon run its course for now. Granted, there are no signs of a reversal on intraday and higher time frame charts. However, on intraday charts, there are indications of fatigue – negative divergence on 180-minute and 240-minute charts (rising price associated with a fall / stop of momentum).

By itself, the formation of a negative divergence is not enough to ensure a reversal unless accompanied by a price reversal. In this regard, so far GBP/USD continues to make higher highs on a daily basis, implying that the path of least resistance remains up.

GBP/USD 180 minute chart


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At the very least, the pair must first stop making new highs. Once it stops making new highs, the focus would shift to immediate support at the November 18, 1.1950 high. A decisive break below 1.1950 would be the first sign that cracks in the rally are emerging, opening the door to the November 17 low of 1.1760. A break of 1.1760 would confirm that the short-term upside pressure has faded.

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