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GBP/USD Technical Analysis: Pound Resuming 12-Year Downtrend?

GBP/USD Technical Analysis: Pound Resuming 12-Year Downtrend?

Ilya Spivak, Head Strategist, APAC


  • Pound slips past neckline support, hinting at deeper losses vs US Dollar
  • Downturn follows rejection after testing 12-year bearish trend resistance
  • Trader sentiment studies reinforce the case for a deeper GBP/USD drop

The British Pound is attempting to restart a 12-year downtrend against the US Dollar after putting in a dramatic Bearish Engulfing candlestick pattern at resistance defining the bounds of the descent, as expected. Prices have followed up a break of an upward-sloping trendline from September 2019 lows with a breach of neckline support in play since early November, bolstering the case for bearish reversal.

British Pound vs US Dollar price chart - weekly

GBP/USD weekly chart created with TradingView

Zooming into the daily chart for a look at near-term technical levels, the next layer of support appears to be in the 1.2763-84 area. A daily close below that exposes former resistance at 1.2582 to a retest. Alternatively, a move back above rising trend line support-turned-resistance, now at 1.3004, sets the stage for another challenge of the 17-year downtrend. Its lower boundary is currently at 1.3197.

British Pound vs US Dollar price chart - daily

GBP/USD daily chart created with TradingView


British Pound vs US Dollar price, GBP/USD retail trader setiment

Retail trader data shows 72.11% of traders are net-long with the ratio of traders long to short at 2.59 to 1. The number of traders net-long is 2.14% higher than yesterday and 28.79% higher from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 13.10% lower than yesterday and 33.73% lower from last week.

IG Client Sentiment (IGCS) is typically used as a contrarian indicator, and the fact traders are net-long suggests GBP/USD prices may continue to fall. In fact, traders are now more net-long than the prior trading session or versus a week ago. The combination of current sentiment and recent changes offers a stronger GBP/USD-bearish contrarian trading bias.


--- Written by Ilya Spivak, Currency Strategist for

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