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GBP/JPY Tests Chart Support as Price Narrows Deeper into Digestion

GBP/JPY Tests Chart Support as Price Narrows Deeper into Digestion

James Stanley, Senior Strategist

Talking Points:

- GBP/JPY started June with a bang, but that strength soon faded in the middle of the month as risk aversion started to show across global markets. The pair is now testing a confluent area of support, as both a bullish trend-line along with a 14.4% Fibonacci retracement are helping to hold this week’s lows.

- As we move into Q3, the potential remains for bearish breakouts in GBP/JPY, especially if this is coupled with a continued backdrop of global risk aversion.

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GBP/JPY Turns Back to Support

It’s been a sideways type of month for GBP/JPY thus far. After first coming into June with a spate of strength that pushed the pair up to 148.00, buyers soon took a step back, and in the second half of the month a large portion of that bullish move has been erased. To be sure, there have been some flares of risk aversion that have contributed to that bearish move; but at this stage, price remains supported from a trend-line that can be found by connecting the May to June swing-lows.

GBP/JPY Four-Hour Chart: Testing Trend-Line Support From May/June Lows

GBPJPY gbp/jpy four hour chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

When taken with the prior bearish trend-line that showed-up in Q2, this helps to produce a wedge formation, as GBP/JPY has been building both lower-highs and higher-lows. This alludes to the fact that a ‘big’ move may be around the corner as price action further digests into an increasingly narrow range.

GBP/JPY Eight-Hour Chart

GBP/JPY gbpjpy eight hour chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

Adding a Fibonacci retracement around that recent bearish move, taking the April high down to the May low, helps to show how the 14.4% Fibonacci retracement is helping to hold up the current lows. This also highlights how a bearish break below this support structure can open the door to a re-test of the May swing-low at 143.20; and if that can’t produce a support bounce similar to what we saw as we came into June, the door can remain open for a deeper bearish breakout in the pair.

GBP/JPY Four-Hour Chart: Trend-Line, 14.4 Fibonacci Support Helping to Hold the Lows

gbp/jpy gbpjpy four hour chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

If we do see a push to fresh 2018 lows beyond the May swing of 143.20, deeper support exists around a series of various levels. At 142.50, we have a major psychological level, and at 141.25 we have a prior group of swing lows from September of last year. Another psychological level exists at 140.00-even, and a bit lower we have the one-year low at 138.68.

GBP/JPY Daily Chart: Deeper Support Potential For Bearish Breakout Strategies

GBP/JPY gbpjpy daily chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

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--- Written by James Stanley, Strategist for

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