GBPUSD Technical Analysis – Policy Divergence

The Fed has eventually paused
its tightening cycle at 5.00-5.25% because it wants to see more economic data
before deciding on another hike as they are trying to find the right level of
restraint to bring inflation down without too much economic pain.

The BoE, on the other hand,
is on track to keep raising interest rates given the recent hot inflation and employment
reports. Given the Fed’s pause and the weaker data, this created a policy
divergence between the Fed and the BoE, ultimately favouring the British Pound.

GBPUSD Technical Analysis –
Daily Timeframe

On the daily chart, we can see that GBPUSD broke
above the 1.2680 high and extended the rally into the 1.2850 level. This quick
and strong rally though made the price to overstretch as depicted by the
distance from the blue 8 moving
. Generally, we can see the price consolidating or pulling back into
the moving average before the next move. A good level of support
for the buyers would be the 1.2680 high.

GBPUSD Technical Analysis –
4 hour Timeframe

On the 4 hour chart, we can see that at the moment
the price is finding some support at the red 21 moving average, but from a risk
management perspective, the buyers would be better off if they waited for the
price to pull back into the 1.2680 support where we can also find the 38.2% or
50% Fibonacci
levels, the trendline
and the daily 8 moving average for confluence. This way they would have a
strong support zone and a better risk to reward setup.

GBPUSD Technical Analysis –
1 hour Timeframe

On the 1 hour chart, we can see that the
price is bouncing on a previous swing low level at 1.2767 and if we draw a
counter trendline we can see that we may have a descending
pattern. The price can break on either side of the pattern, but it
gives some structure for the next move.

A break to the upside should lead to
another rally possibly into the 1.30 handle. A break to the downside, on the
other hand, should give us the pullback into the trendline. At the moment, it’s
a buyers’ market so the sellers can either ride the likely fall from the 1.2767
support into the trendline or wait for the price to break the 1.2680 support
and the major trendline to target the 1.25 handle.

This week we will see the
UK CPI report tomorrow and the Fed Chair Powell’s Testimony later. On Thursday we
will have the BoE policy decision where the central bank is expected to hike by
25 bps and the US Jobless Claims. Finally, on Friday we will see the US PMIs.

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