Sterling Digest, 26 September 2013: grumpy bulls

 

split screen of GBPUSD weekly and 4hr charts
No wonder bulls are grumpy

We left off the Digest musing over the strength in sterling due to robust UK economic data as GBP hit long-term resistance levels against all major currencies. Since August, GBP has experienced tremendous breakouts in some pairs and significant price corrections in others. Now that $GBPUSD is above 1.60, $GBPCAD above 1.65, $GBPAUD above 1.71 and $EURGBP at 0.84, it seems as though GBP bulls are having their way. However, these moves have not been without resistance. The moves higher in sterling have been a grind with slow, choppy moves that have been difficult to trade on anything but a short term basis. With a light calendar this week, the market has allowed GBP to correct but robust economic data gave life to sterling as $GBPUSD, in paritcular, managed not to loose its important 1.60 level. With 3Q at its end, October brings the market its first glimpse of fall season data. If the UK economy continues to put in robust results, expect GBP to continue its summer rally back to long-term resistance levels.

 

Read the last issue: Sterling Digest, 23 August 2013: reality bites

 

 

GBP/USD Maintains Bullish Bias

Since coming off the 1.6160 highs, I have believed that a deeper correction was underway. It wouldn’t come fast but it seemed to me that $GBPUSD could correct much of the breakout rally back to the 50% Fib level at 1.58.

However, what has developed this week is a very different story. $GBPUSD has been very reluctant to move too far from the big psychological level at 1.60. Rallies this week met resistance at the Fib levels and dropped to new lows. A correction lower was in progress albeit on a very slow grind. However, today’s UK CBI retail sales release came in much strong than expected causing price to fail with a higher low after the corrective bounce.

GBPUSD hrly chart

The UK recovery story continues to have legs. And as long as that is the case, $GBPUSD remains on course to revisit the highs at 1.63.

GBPUSD WEEKLY CHART

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Nothing Moves In A Straight Line (FMFX)

Today’s Appearance on FXStreet’s Live Analysis Room (FMFX)

UK CBI distributive trades survey september: 34 vs +24 exp (Forex Live)

 

Today’s Appearance in FXStreet’s Live Analysis Room

The FXStreet’s Live Analysis Room has become a fun place to stop by and chat markets with veteran trader Dale Pinkert. He has a brought on a wide-array of traders and market participants from all sides, aspects and backgrounds. It’s always an honor to be asked back. (Click the image to listen)

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Listen to Tuesday’s interview ($GBPUSD AT 1.60)

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Nothing Moves In A Straight Line

This breakout rally from 1.55 has seemingly moved in a straight line up. There were very little corrections during this breakout. However, the correction that has started in the $GBPUSD last week has gathered steam today as cable falls below the major psychological level at 1.60.

GBPUSD DAILY CHART

The USD is gathering strength as US interest rates rise (most likely in anticipation of an eventual taper). However, the bullish bias in $GBPUSD doesn’t completely unravel until 1.57, the 61.8% Fibonacci level of this entire breakout rally. Before that level is the major 1.5750 level that capped rallies all year long before this recent breakout. With a light calendar week, it is very likely that $GBPUSD corrects back to the next major level at 1.5750. From there, it is decision time for bulls and bears.

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Reversal in the Making (FMFX)

GBPUSD Update (50’s Blog)

Reversal In The Making

I have been saying all summer that if the $GBPUSD holds above 1.55, then we’d have the beginnings of a reversal in cable. Here we are now with $GBPUSD above 1.60 and a full-blown reversal before us.

 GBPUSD daily chart

After 3 bullish waves (4 on this daily chart), $GBPUSD should be technically exhausted. So this correction back towards 1.60 is healthy and even expected.

GBPUSD 4hr chart

A hold above 1.60 has always been traditionally bullish for cable. Why should 2013 be any different? Despite the pullback off Wednesday’s highs, cable is poised quitely nicely  to make a run for the highs.

GBPUSD weekly chart

Australian Dollar Puts In A Bottom

The AUD was the darling currency of the last several years benefiting most from China’s rapid growth rates. The tables turned in 2013, however, as the darling of the forex market became a dog. The $GBPAUD rallied over 3,100 pips on AUD weakness just shy of 1.75 with a high of 1.7482. It had not traded at those levels since 2010.

GBPAUD WEEKLY CHART

The weekly RSI is very interesting here. There is a divergence here that has been developing for several months now making it a powerful indicator that, now after some time, $GBPAUD bulls are throwing in the towel.

GBPAUD DAILY CHART

The price movement in the orange channel back in July has been the only “bearish” move in $GBPAUD since April. Since, the pair moved well beyond the 1.6916 July high to make highs last week at 1.7482. The pullback last week turned into a legitimate bearish move with lows breaking the 61.8% Fibonacci level at 1.7061 and moving below the big psychological level at 1.70.

The fundamentals certainly do support a bottom in AUD weakness. Last Tuesday, the RBA signaled an end to outright easing. Much of this breakout rally was due to RBA dovishness and interest rate cuts as other central banks remained unchanged in their monetary policies. Now that the RBA has shifted sentiment, the AUD may be due a significant relief rally.

GBPAUD DAILY CHART

With the break below 1.70, there are 3 support levels to watch in the coming sessions.

  1. 1.6916 is the former July high now turned support. We can see price has found support at this level twice before in August.
  2. The 50% and 61.8% Fibonacci levels at 1.6812 and 1.6653 respectively.
  3. The July low at 1.6141. A break below this level would mean a serious unraveling of this tremendous 2013 rally.

This is the potential of this breakdown:

GBPAUD WEEKLY CHART

Needless to say, we have a long way to go but if the fundamentals continue to improve for the AUD, the 1.5930 level could very well be reached.

Trade what you see.

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