GBPUSD – Bullish Breakout From Flag

The breakout of the flag highlighted yesterday (GBPUSD – Breakout Near After Consolidation) has occurred and as you’d expect from this bullish continuation pattern, it has come to the upside.

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The rally following the breakout has been quite strong, wasting no time whatsoever in breaking beyond last Thursday’s highs into a new uptrend (higher high completed after higher low on Friday). Another potential stumbling point would have been 1.55 – 50% retracement of the move from 14 May highs to 1 June lows – but the pair, despite slowing, appears to have broken this as well.

With these levels broken, I think we could see the 233-day simple moving average tested again, following the failed breakout attempt on 14 May.

The pair may face resistance along the way around 1.5570-1.56 – 61.8 fib level and previous support and resistance – but I’m not convinced that they will hold. I will be looking for signs of this though in the form of divergences and reversal set ups in price action.

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If we see a correction, the pair could find support around 1.5450-1.55 as these are previous support and resistance levels.

OANDA clients’ net position has tracked prices action quite well over the last month or so and once again they have become net long during the latest breakout. They have been slightly less bullish today though which may suggest that they do not believe the rally has legs.

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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.