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Talking Points:

  • GBP/JPY Technical Strategy: Flat
  • Support: 170.26-169.86 (trend line from Aug’13, 38.2% Fib ret.)
  • Resistance:171.27 (23.6% Fib ret.), 173.13-56 (Mar 7, Apr 3 swing highs)

The British Pound may be on the verge of a major downward reversal against the Japanese Yen as prices test below rising trend line set from August 2013. This barrier is reinforced by the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement at 169.86. A break above the latter level on a daily closing basis initially exposes the 50% Fib at 168.71. Alternatively, a turn above resistance at 171.27, the 23.6% retracement, aims for the 173.13-56 area marked by the March 7 and April 3 swing highs.

Risk/reward considerations argue against entering short with prices trading in close proximity to relevant support. On the other hand, taking up the short side looks premature absent a defined bearish reversal signal. As such, we will remain flat for now.

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