09, January 2017

GBP/USD (a 4-hour chart)

General overview

There was nothing scheduled in the UK on Friday. Only the US data could move the market. Traders waited for labour data and Trade Balance figures.

Current situation

After climbing as high as the 1.2430 during Asian trades the cable lost strength and turned to a downside. The pound rolled back to the 1.2400 support region where it found decent support in the early trades. The GBP/USD pair move back and forth in an extremely narrow range during the European hours waiting for new stimulus. A fresh selling interest emerged ahead of the NY opening dragging the pair downwards. The price broke the 50 and the 100-EMAs upwards in the 4 hours chart. The cable stayed between the bearish 100-EMA and neutral 200-EMA during the morning trades. The resistance lies at 1.2400, the support comes in at 1.2300.

The technical indicators retreated partially from overbought territory. MACD traded to the downside. The RSI indicator remained within overvalued readings.

Trading recommendations

We will place buy orders if the GBPUSD does a breakout at the resistance level of 1.2400. The price might extend its recovery towards 1.2450 and 1.2500. Alternatively, a move towards 1.23 would generate negative signal and risk further easing. Sellers may drive the pair to 1.2200.