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GBP/JPY Back at Resistance Ahead of BoE’s Super Thursday

GBP/JPY Back at Resistance Ahead of BoE’s Super Thursday

Michael Boutros, Strategist

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GBP/JPY Daily Chart

GBPJPY Daily Timeframe

Technical Outlook: We visited GBPJPY last week as prices were approaching this slope line originating off the August 2015 highs with the pair once again testing this region ahead of the Bank of England’s (BOE) ‘Super Thursday’ event. A breach above this zone targets critical resistance at 147.86-148.42 – a region defined by the 2016 high-day close and the December 2016 high. Daily support is rests at 144.30 with broader bullish invalidation steady at 142.15.

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GBP/JPY 120min Chart

GBPJPY 120min Timeframe

Notes: GBPJPY broke above downslope resistance this week with the rally stretching into the 146.73 targets before reversing sharply in early U.S. trade. Heading into ‘Super Thursday’ the focus remains higher while above former parallel resistance (blue) with interim support seen here at 145.90.

Initial resistance is eyed at 146.34/39 with a breach above highlighted region at the weekly highs needed to mark resumption of the broader uptrend. Such a scenario targets subsequent resistance objectives at 146.97, 147.35 & critical resistance at 147.86-148.42.

From a trading standpoint I’ll favor fading weakness while above 145.39 with a breach of the highs likely to see accelerated gains for the pair. Added caution is warranted heading into the interest rate decision and the quarterly inflation report with the releases likely to fuel increased volatile in the sterling crosses.

GBPJPY IG Client Sentiment
  • A summary of IG Client Sentiment shows traders are net-long GBP/JPY- the ratio stands at +1.11 (52.6% of traders are long) – weak bearishreading
  • Long positions are 10.5% lower than yesterday but 7.9% higher from last week
  • Short positions are 10.9% lower than yesterday and 21.7% lower from last week
  • We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-long suggests GBPJPY prices may fall. That said, retail is further net-long than yesterday and last week and the combination of current positioning and recent changes gives us a GBPJPY-bearish contrarian trading bias from a sentiment standpoint. Look for a build in short exposure to offer further conviction in the event of a breakout.

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- Written by Michael Boutros, Currency Strategist with DailyFX

Follow Michael on Twitter @MBForex or contact him at mboutros@dailyfx.com.

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