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GBP/USD Inside Bar Breakout

GBP/USD Inside Bar Breakout

Walker England, Forex Trading Instructor


Talking Points

  • The GBP/USD is trading inside yesterday’s price action
  • Traders may monitor support & resistance for a breakout
  • Daily ATR currently reads at 96 pips

GBP/USD Daily Chart

(Created using TradingView Charts)

The GBP/USD has continued to consolidate this morning, as traders anticipate a quiet close going into tomorrow’s Thanksgiving holiday. So far the pair continues to range between yesterday’s daily high found at 1.5155 and low at a price of 1.5053. This means that if prices fail to break out, and price action closes inside of these values, traders can begin planning for breakout opportunities for the pair. Using the previous daily candle as a reference, traders can plan for a bullish breakout above the high at 1.5155. Conversely, a move below support at 1.5053 would suggest a continued bearish bias for the pair. It should be noted that the GBP/USD has traded lower over the last three trading sessions, and a breakout lower could be the catalyst for a future trend continuation.

Traders looking to set targets for an inside bar breakout, can use ATR (Average True Range) to gauge potential market volatility. Currently daily ATR for the GBP/USD reads at .0096 or 96 pips. This places initial bullish targets near 1.5251 using a 1-x extension of this value. Alternatively, a breakout below support would open up the pair to a potential 1-x target of 1.4957.

In the event that prices fail to breakout, traders may look for continued consolidation from the GBP/USD. Traders may continue to watch for range based trading opportunities as long as prices remain inside of the reference bars high and low.

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