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GBP/USD Ranges ahead of US NFP Data

GBP/USD Ranges ahead of US NFP Data

2016-03-31 16:00:00
Walker England, Forex Trading Instructor
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Talking Points

  • The GBP/USD Ranges ahead of NFP
  • Bearish Breakouts Begin Under 1.4321
  • SSI Reads Positive at +1.23

EUR/USD 30 Minute

GBP/USD Ranges ahead of US NFP Data

(Created using Marketscope 2.0 Charts)

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The GBP/USD is trading today inside of a defined 55-pip range. Prices are currently turning lower after testing range resistance, which is found at the R3 Camarilla pivot at a price of 1.4403. So far price action has traversed today’s range once, and if market conditions continue traders may look for GBP/USD to again trade towards support. Range support is denoted in the graph above by the S3 pivot, which is located at a price of 1.4348.

While many traders are expecting breakouts to develop during tomorrows NFP (Non-Farm Payrolls) news event, today traders should also continue to monitor both the R4 and S4 pivot points for a higher high or lower low. A move above 1.4430 at today’s R4 pivot point would signal a bullish breakout. In this scenario, traders may extrapolate 1X today’s 55 pip trading range to find preliminary breakout targets near 1.4485. Alternatively, a bearish breakout for the day begin beneath the S4 pivot at 1.4321. After extrapolating 1X the range, this places initial bearish targets at 1.4266.

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SSI (Speculative Sentiment Index) for the GBP/USD current reads +1.23. When taken as a contrarian signal, this positive number may be interpreted as a bearish signal. If prices do begin to decline, traders should look for SSI to continue to advance towards positive extremes above +2.0. Alternatively, in the event of a bullish advance, traders should look for SSI to flip towards a negative extreme.

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