GBPUSD Technical Analysis – Key levels to watch for a pullback


  • The Fed left interest rates unchanged as expected at the last meeting with basically no
    change to the statement. The Dot Plot still showed three rate cuts for 2024 and
    the economic projections were upgraded with growth and inflation higher and the
    unemployment rate lower.
  • The US CPI beat expectations for the third
    consecutive month, while the US PPI came in line with forecasts.
  • The US NFP beat expectations across the board
    although the average hourly earnings came in line with forecasts.
  • The US ISM Manufacturing PMI beat expectations by a big margin with
    the prices component continuing to increase, while the US ISM Services PMI missed with the price index dropping to
    the lowest level in 4 years.
  • The US Retail Sales beat expectations across the board by a
    big margin with positive revisions to the prior figures.
  • The market now expects the first rate cut in


  • The BoE left interest rates unchanged as expected but with Haskel and
    Mann this time voting for a hold instead of a hike.
  • The employment report missed expectations with an uptick
    in the unemployment rate and an easing in wage growth.
  • The UK CPI missed expectations across the board but with
    Services inflation remaining sticky, which continues to support the BoE’s
    patient stance.
  • The latest UK PMIs showed the Services PMI missing expectations
    slightly and the Manufacturing PMI beating.
  • The market sees a 50/50 chance of a rate cut in June.

GBPUSD Technical Analysis –
Daily Timeframe

On the daily chart, we can see that GBPUSD finally
broke out of the 4-month range and extended the drop into the 1.24 handle
before finding some support. From a risk management perspective, the sellers
will have a much better risk to reward setup around the trendline where
they will also find the confluence with the
red 21 moving average and the
61.8% Fibonacci retracement level.
Alternatively, they might also lean on the support turned resistance around
the 1.2510 level where they will find the confluence of the blue 8 moving
average and the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level.

GBPUSD Technical Analysis –
4 hour Timeframe

On the 4 hour chart, we can see that we got a
fakeout above the trendline last week and then the huge selloff following the
US CPI release. We can also see that we have a minor trendline defining the
current downward momentum. The sellers might lean on this trendline with a
defined risk above it to position for further downside although the risk to
reward wouldn’t be optimal. The buyers, on the other hand, will want to see the
price breaking higher to position for a rally into the major trendline and
eventually target a break above it.

GBPUSD Technical Analysis –
1 hour Timeframe

On the 1 hour chart, we can see that the
price has been diverging with
the MACD, which
is generally a sign of weakening momentum often followed by pullbacks or
reversals. In this case, the target for the pullback should be the minor
trendline while a break to the upside would confirm a reversal and trigger a
rally into the base of the divergent formation around the 1.2570 level.

Upcoming Events

Today we will see the UK jobs data. Tomorrow, we
have the UK CPI report. On Thursday, we get the latest US Jobless Claims
figures, while on Friday we conclude the week with the UK Retail Sales.

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