GBPUSD – Dollar Regains Control in Cable Battle

The dollar extended gains against the pound on Tuesday following a batch of encouraging US economic data and hawkish comments on Friday from Fed Chair Janet Yellen.

The rally in cable already appeared to be over prior to this having run into a brick wall around 1.58 (previous support and resistance, 50 fib level – 15 July highs to 13 April lows – and 233-day SMA). Following this we’ve seen potential support levels being taken out (and the ascending trend line broken) and the pair make new lower highs and lows, a sign that the recent uptrend has indeed reversed.

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With so much disagreement among investors on when the Fed will hike interest rates, I think what we’ll see now is the pair find a new trading range with the 233-DMA providing the top end of the range. The bottom end could be determined in the coming week or two but I think the 1.5170-1.5220 region could be interesting.

Aside from being a key level of support and resistance on numerous occasions in the past, it also marks the 50% retracement of the move from 13 April lows to 14 May highs. The 89-DMA, which has been reliable support and resistance level in the past, may also provide additional support here.

An early sign of this may come if divergences appear between the oscillators and price action on the 4-hour chart as we near that key area.

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Craig Erlam
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the BBC and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, FOX Business and BNN. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.