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Sterling Outlook: GBP/USD Breakout Targets 2019 / 2020 Yearly Highs

Sterling Outlook: GBP/USD Breakout Targets 2019 / 2020 Yearly Highs

Michael Boutros, Strategist

Sterling Technical Price Outlook: GBP/USD Weekly Trade Levels

  • Sterling technical trade level update – Weekly Chart
  • GBP/USD breakout approaching resistance at 2019 / 2020 highs
  • Critical resistance 1.3494– Weekly support 1.3250

The British Pound is attempting to mark a fifth consecutive weekly advance against the US Dollar into the open of December trade with GBP/USD up than 0.8% ahead of the New York close on Tuesday. A rally of more than 6% off the September lows takes price towards a critical resistance zone near multi-year downtrend extremes – we’re looking for price inflection here early in the month with the immediate advance vulnerable on a push into this key threshold. These are the updated targets and invalidation levels that matter on the GBP/USD weekly technical chart. Review my latest Strategy Webinar for an in-depth breakdown of this Cable technical setup and more.

Sterling Price Chart - GBP/USD Weekly

Sterling Price Chart - GBP/USD Weekly - British Pound vs US Dollar Outlook - Cable Technical Foreast

Chart Prepared by Michael Boutros, Technical Strategist; GBP/USD on Tradingview

Notes: In last month’s Sterling Weekly Price Outlook we noted to, “be on the lookout for possible topside exhaustion into 1.3250 with the broader advance vulnerable while below.” GBP/USD broke & closed above this key zone one week later before resuming higher with the advance now approaching the next major lateral resistance pivot at the 2017 high-week reversal close at 1.3494. Note that the upper parallel of the multi-year descending pitchfork formation rests just below this threshold – we’re looking for a reaction up here.

A weekly close above 1.3494 would be needed to validate a breakout of multi-year downtrend resistance with such a scenario exposing 1.3675 and the 2018 high-week close at 1.3997. Initial weekly support now rests at the yearly open / 61.8% Fibonacci retracement at 1.3245/50 backed by the May trendline / channel support, currently ~1.2950s. Ultimately a close below confluence support at 1.2693-1.2754 would be needed to mark resumption of the broader 2018 downtrend.

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Bottom Line: The Sterling rally is approaching broader downtrend resistance near the 2019 / 2020 yearly highs and we’re looking for a reaction early in the month for guidance. From a trading standpoint, look to reduce long-exposure / raise protective stops on a probe higher here with a weekly close above 1.3194 needed to suggest a larger breakout is underway. Pullbacks should be limited to the yearly open at 1.3250 IF price is indeed heading higher. Review my latest Sterling Price Outlook for a closer look at the near-term GBP/USD technical trade levels.

Sterling Trader Sentiment - GBP/USD Price Chart

Sterling Trader Sentiment - GBP/USD Price Chart - Cable Technical Forecast - Pound Outlook
  • A summary of IG Client Sentiment shows traders are net-short GBP/USD - the ratio stands at -1.42 (41.36% of traders are long) – weak bullish reading
  • Long positions are16.54% higher than yesterday and 12.56% higher from last week
  • Short positions are11.34% lower than yesterday and 4.74% lower from last week
  • We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-short suggests GBP/USD prices may continue to rise. Yet traders are less net-short than yesterday and compared with last week. Recent changes in sentiment warn that the current GBP/USD price trend may soon reverse lower despite the fact traders remain net-short.


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--- Written by Michael Boutros, Technical Currency Strategist with DailyFX

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