GBPUSD – Cable Grinds Higher But Lacking Momentum

Cable appeared to be struggling to break through the 1.5550-1.56 resistance level yesterday having failed at the first attempt on decreasing momentum.

However, this was never followed by the reversal setup that would have suggested the market had become more bearish and instead gathered some momentum to grind higher to 1.5650. This is a key example of why divergence alone is not a great reversal signal and best when accompanied by price action confirmation.

gbpusd daily

While the pair broke through 1.56, I feel no more confident in the rally and it once again appears to be lacking conviction. This may have something to do with the fact that the pair is now trading around the 233-day simple moving average, which has previously been a key level of support and resistance. A break above this would suggest there’s been a significant change in sentiment.

The 4-hour chart once again appears to show the pair struggling to gain momentum after breaking through previous highs. The result of these moderately higher highs and the higher lows is a setup that resembles a rising wedge.

gbpusd 4hr

It isn’t perfect as the rally in the run up to it isn’t overly strong but for me, the message in it is still clear. Any rallies are being quickly sold into after previous highs are broken, which in my view is a bearish signal. The fact that this is occurring around the 233-DMA suggests to me there’s a lot of indecision around this level. As does the MACD which has hovered around the zero line since Friday.

At this stage, a break above the 233-DMA or below the bottom of the wedge would provide good insight into the next move in the pair. When it comes to ascending wedges in uptrends, the size of the opening can offer insight into the size of the move below, once the level is broken. Of course, this is just a projection based on previous moves and is never guaranteed.

The indecision being displayed in the charts appears to be being felt by OANDA clients who at this stage are only marginally net long having pared their long positions following yesterday’s rally.

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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.