GBPUSD price and sentiment analysis:
- Retail trader sentiment data show an increase in net-long GBPUSD positions.
- A contrarian view of crowd sentiment suggests that could mean further falls to come.
Retail traders increase GBPUSD net-long positions
As GBPUSD falls on opposition to the proposed Brexit deal reached by UK Prime Minister Theresa May with the EU, retail trader data show that 67.6% of traders are now net-long the pair, with the ratio of traders long to short at 2.08 to 1. In fact, traders have remained net-long since September 20, when GBPUSD traded near 1.30463; the price has moved 2.1% lower since then. The number of traders net-long is 11.2% higher than yesterday and 18.0% higher from last week, while the number of traders net-short is only 0.5% higher than yesterday and 7.7% lower from last week.
At DailyFX, we typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-long suggests the GBPUSD price may continue to fall. Traders are further net-long than yesterday and last week, and the combination of current sentiment and recent changes gives us a stronger GBPUSD-bearish contrarian trading bias.
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--- Written by Martin Essex, Analyst and Editor