GBPUSD Technical Analysis – Approaching a key resistance



  • The BoE kept interest rates unchanged as expected at the last meeting.
  • The central bank is leaning towards
    keeping interest rates “higher for longer”, although it keeps a door open for
    further tightening if inflationary pressures were to be more persistent.
  • BoE Governor Bailey repeated that they will keep rates
    high for long enough to get inflation back to target.
  • The latest employment report beat expectations with wage growth
    remaining at elevated levels.
  • The UK CPI missed expectations across the board, which is
    a welcome development for the BoE.
  • The UK PMIs showed further contraction in the services
    sector, which accounts for 80% of UK’s economic activity.
  • The UK Retail Sales missed expectations across the
    board by a big margin as consumer spending remains weak.
  • The market doesn’t expect the BoE to
    hike anymore.

GBPUSD Technical Analysis –
Daily Timeframe

On the daily chart, we can see that GBPUSD is
getting closer to the key resistance around
the 1.26 handle where we can also find the 50% Fibonacci retracement level
for confluence. That’s
where we can expect the sellers to step in with a defined risk above the
resistance to position for a drop into the 1.23 support.

GBPUSD Technical Analysis –
4 hour Timeframe

On the 4 hour chart, we can see that the pair is
starting to diverge with the
MACD right as
it approaches the key resistance. This is generally a sign of weakening
momentum often followed by pullbacks or reversals. In this case, we might see a
selloff from the resistance into the 1.24 handle where the buyers should step
in with a defined risk below the swing low and target a break above the 1.26

GBPUSD Technical Analysis –
1 hour Timeframe

On the 1 hour chart, we can see that the
bullish trend on this timeframe is intact and we can expect the buyers to lean
on the minor trendline where
they have also the confluence with the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level and
the red 21 moving average. The
sellers, on the other hand, will want to see the price breaking lower to pile
and target the 1.23 support.

Upcoming Events

This week is pretty empty on the data front with the US
on holiday for Thanksgiving Day in the final part of the week. Today, we have
the FOMC Meeting Minutes but it’s unlikely to be market moving given that it’s
three-weeks old data. Tomorrow, we have the US Jobless Claims report which is
probably going to be the most important release of the week. On Thursday, we
have the UK PMIs while on Friday we conclude the week with the latest US PMIs.

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