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GBPUSD Briefly Dips to 5 Year Lows

GBPUSD Briefly Dips to 5 Year Lows

Jeremy Wagner, CEWA-M, Head of Education

Talking Points:

-Directional trends in EURAUD, EURJPY, and GBPJPY perk up

-Be mindful of news announcements Wednesday for ECB and BOC

-GBPUSD SSI continues to favor breakouts lower though divergence is appearing in RSI

The DailyFX Plus Breakout2 strategy is one of the more widely followed by traders. This piece aims to identify those markets where breakout conditions are prevalent, and therefore a follow through of the breakout is more likely.

Generally speaking, the market conditions for the Breakout2 strategy continue to be less than stellar. Directional trends are perking up on some new pairs like the EURAUD, EURJPY, and GBPJPY. However, with broad based volatility expansion absent across many pairs, we will implement a wait and see approach this week.

Also, this week, we have important rate announcements coming from European Central Bank and Bank of Canada rate that could expand volatility in the markets.

If these trends stay in place throughout this week, then we may consider upgrading them on the next report.

DailyFX Plus Breakout2 Conviction Chart for April 13, 2015

ADX

ROC

Volatility Expansion?

Sentiment Signal

Conviction

EURUSD

Trend

Bearish

Yes

Bullish

1

AUDUSD

Range

Neutral

Yes

Neutral

1

GBPUSD

Trend

Bearish

Yes

Bearish

2

NZDUSD

Range

Bullish

No

Bearish

1

USDCHF

Trend

Bullish

No

Bearish

1

USDCAD

Range

Neutral

No

Neutral

1

USDJPY

Range

Neutral

No

Bearish

1

EURJPY

Trend

Bearish

No

Bearish

1

GBPJPY

Trend

Bearish

No

Bearish

1

CHFJPY

Trend

Bearish

No

Neutral

1

AUDJPY

Trend

Neutral

No

Bullish

1

EURAUD

Trend

Bearish

No

Bearish

1

As you can see above, all ratings have stayed the same with the GBPUSD listed as the only pair rated higher than ‘1’.

Last Week’s Conviction Chart – GBPUSD Sentiment Continues to Shed Some Pounds

The GBPUSD is currently sitting near 5 year lows. A successful break lower would align the breakout with the SSI signal. With twice as many retail traders positioned to the long side in anticipation of a bottom, a successful break lower will cause pain on these long traders and may force them to sell to close the position.

GBPUSD Briefly Dips to 5 Year Lows

(Created using FXCM’s Marketscope charts)

A large obstacle in the way to a full conviction of ‘3’ rating is the chart pattern. When analyzing the chart of the GBPUSD, the move from the March 18 high to the March 19 low appears to be a corrective move and will likely be fully retraced higher.

Focusing in on the RSI (red line at the bottom of the chart), there appears to be some divergence showing up. This suggests the move lower is having a hard time punching through with vigor.

Longer term, we’re still looking for this pair to grind higher towards 1.5250. If the path is a slow chop, then the breakout strategy will underperform.

Time will tell what the path the prices would take, but a corrective move higher doesn’t bode well for the Breakout2 strategy when the SSI is giving an extreme bearish signal at near +2.

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---Written by Jeremy Wagner, Head Trading Instructor, DailyFX Education

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