GBPUSD – Key Support Broken and Confirmed

On Wednesday we highlighted a key support level for cable that could offer strong insight into the pairs bullish or bearish bias going forward (GBPUSD – Big Test for Major Support).

Yesterday we got a bearish signal with the break of that key support, with the 233-day and 21-week simple moving averages being broken, as well as the ascending trend line from 5 May lows and a prior region of support and resistance.


Adding to this, today we’ve had confirmation of the break following a failed retest earlier in the session which suggests the market bias is very much bearish and further downside moves could follow.

The pair has since found support around 1.5350 which has previously been a notable level of support and resistance, while further support could be found below here around 1.5330 – 8 July lows.

If the trend continues, further support could come around 1.5250 and 1.5170, both of which have been recent lows in the pair.


One note of caution comes from the MACD histogram which is experiencing divergence with price action and may suggest momentum is being lost in the short term. Of course price action is the primary indicator but this may suggest we’re going to see some form of correction or consolidation in the short term. Beyond that, the pair continues to look bearish.

One final point is that we are almost at the end of the week and the weekly candle is looking very bearish. It isn’t quite a marabuzo, but it’s still a large red candle that looks likely to close at or near its weekly lows and below the 21-week SMA and trend line.


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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.