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GBPAUD Opening Range Break - Selling Rallies Sub August High

GBPAUD Opening Range Break - Selling Rallies Sub August High

Michael Boutros, Strategist

Talking Points

GBPAUD Daily Chart

GBPAUD Opening Range Break - Selling Rallies Sub August High

Chart Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

Technical Outlook

  • GBPAUD posts outside reversal candle off the 200DMA- bearish
  • Break below the August opening range low- bearish
  • Near-term support at TL dating back to the 2014 Low- bullish invalidation
  • Break targets 1.7873, 1.7823 & 1.7737/56- key support
  • Resistance at monthly ORL 1.7980/90, 1.8032 & 1.8173/91- bearish invalidation
  • Daily RSI trigger break- bearish
  • Watch for RSI 40-break to confirm July reversal
  • Event Risk Ahead: New Zealand Business Manufacturing PMI tonight, UK GDP on Friday and CPI early next week

GBPAUD 30min Chart

GBPAUD Opening Range Break - Selling Rallies Sub August High

Notes: The GBPAUD looks to be posting an outside reversal candle after rebounding off resistance at the 200-day moving average at 1.8138. Today’s decline has broken TL support dating back to the July 2013 lows and marks the largest daily range since March 18th. In that instance, the pair broke below support at the 1.83 handle and shed another 2.41% before bottoming nearly a month later.

On the back of this morning’s BoE quarterly inflation report, the pound is likely to remain under some pressure and we’ll look to sell rallies in the pair while below the August opening range high at 1.8191. Keep in mind that longer-term, the early 2014 head & shoulders break still targets objectives into 1.7063/97. Use caution heading into Friday’s event risk with the release of the preliminary 2Q GDP figures likely to spur added volatility in sterling crosses. 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

Resistance Target 1



61.8% Extension / 78.6% Retracement

Resistance Target 2

Daily / 30min


50% Ext / 61.8% Retrace / August ORL

Resistance Target 3

Daily / 30min


61.8% Retracement / August 4th Low

Resistance Target 4



Weekly ORL*

Resistance Target 5

Daily / 30min


200DMA / Weekly ORH*

Bearish Invalidation

Daily / 30min


August ORH* / 50% Retrace / Monthly Pivot

Break Target 2



50% & 38.2% Retracement(s)

Break Target 3


1.8388– 1.8408

100% Ext(s) / 61.8% Retracement

Bullish Invalidation

Daily / 30min


Channel Support / Soft Pivot

Break Target 1

Daily / 30min


78.6%, 88.6% Retracement(s) / 78.6% Ext

Break Target 2

Daily / 30min


May, June Lows / April 10th Close (Low Day)

Break Target 3



88.6% Retracement

Break Target 4



100% Ext

Break Target 5



100% Ext / 2014 Low

Average True Range

Daily (20)


Profit Targets 27-30pips

*ORH: Opening Range High

*ORL: Opening Range Low

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

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