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GBPUSD Shorts at Risk Above 1.68 Heading Into BoE, Inflation Data

GBPUSD Shorts at Risk Above 1.68 Heading Into BoE, Inflation Data

Michael Boutros, Strategist

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GBPUSD Daily Chart

GBPUSD Shorts at Risk Above 1.68 Heading Into BoE, Inflation Data

Chart Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

Technical Outlook

  • GBPUSD holding key support / August ORL 1.6808/26- bullish invalidation
  • Key resistance / August ORH 1.6890-1.6900- bearish invalidation
  • Resistance breach targets objectives at 1.6984-1.7000, 1.7045/65
  • Support-break targets 1.6738/54, 1.6692
  • Daily RSI resistance-trigger pending
  • Event Risk Ahead: BoE Rate Decision tomorrow, Trade Balance on Friday

GBPUSD 30min Chart

GBPUSD Shorts at Risk Above 1.68 Heading Into BoE, Inflation Data

Notes: The break below 1.7065 last month shifted our bias to the short side of the pound with the subsequent sell-off now bringing the pair into key support at 1.6809/25. The August opening range is taking shape just above and with momentum in the greenback starting to wane the sterling is at risk for a near-term recovery higher.

The pair has been carving out a well-defined weekly/monthly opening range between 1.6809 and the 1.69-handle and we’ll look for a breach of this zone to validate near-term directional bias while noting a preference to buy dips while above 1.6809. A break below this threshold shifts the focus back on the downside with such a scenario eyeing subsequent support objectives lower down at 1.6738/54 and the May low.

The average true range has remained rather tight here so we’ll up the profit targets to 38.2% of the daily ATR- this puts us at about 24pips per scalp. Note that caution is warranted heading into tomorrow’s rate decision with the event likely to fuel added volatility on sterling crosses. More significant data for the pound comes into focus next week with the Bank of England Quarterly Inflation Report on tap for Wednesday. Follow the progress of this trade setup and more throughout the trading week with DailyFX on Demand.

* It’s extremely important to give added consideration regarding the timing of intra-day scalps with the opening ranges on a session & hourly basis offering further clarity on intra-day biases.

Key Threshold Grid

Entry/Exit Targets



Technical Relevance

Bearish Invalidation

Daily / 30min


Monthly & Weekly ORH / 23.6% Retrace

Break Target 1



Soft Resistance / Pivot

Break Target 2



38.2% Retracement

Break Target 3

Daily / 30min


2009 Close High / 50% Retrace / May High

Break Target 4

Daily / 30min


61.8% Retrace / 100% Ext(s) / 09’ High

Break Target 5



7/23 Swing High / Soft Resistance

Bullish Invalidation

Daily / 30min


Weekly & Monthly ORL / 50% & 76.4% Retrace(s)

Break Target 1

Daily / 30min


61.8% Retrace / 61.8% Ext(s) / 2011 High

Break Target 2

Daily / 30min


May Low

Break Target 3



Soft Support / Pivot

Break Target 4




Average True Range

Daily (20)


Profit Targets 22-24pips

*ORH: Opening Range High

*ORL: Opening Range Low

Other Setups in Play:

---Written by Michael Boutros, Currency Strategist with DailyFX

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