GBPUSD – Bulls in Control as Key Levels Broken

Cable has broken to new seven month highs, spurred on by a combination of better than expected UK wage growth and retail sales figures and a dovish message from the Fed that provided the perfect catalyst to break significantly through a couple of big resistance levels.

In the lead up to both of these the pair was starting to show signs of indecision and if anything, the bears were beginning to look like they could take control. But once the ascending wedge and 233-day simple moving average were broken, it became clear that the bulls were back in full control. Of course, had the Fed been more hawkish on Wednesday, this may have been reversed but instead its insistence on rate hikes being slower was seen as dovish which is bearish for the dollar.

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This was enough for cable to drive through 14 May highs and it appears the final hurdle in this cluster of resistance levels, 1.5875, is holding up no better. If we see a close above this level, it would suggest to me that the bulls are strong as this also marks the 50% retracement of the move from 15 July 2014 highs to 13 April lows.

The next area of resistance for the pair above here comes around 1.60-1.6030. This has previously been a key area of support and resistance and while it has no technical significance, it can quite often be the case that large round numbers can be psychological barriers, even if on a temporary basis.

Above here further resistance may be found around 1.6180-1.6225 – key support and resistance in September and October last year and the 61.8% retracement of move highlighted previously.

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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.