British Pound Vs US Dollar, Euro, Japanese Yen – Price Setups:
- GBP/USD has failed to extend gains despite strong UK CPI data.
- EUR/GBP could be ripe to break lower; GBP/JPY’s rally is losing steam for now.
- What are the key levels to watch in select GBP crosses?
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The British pound has failed to extend gains against some of its peers following last week’s strong UK inflation data. It could be a sign that some broader fatigue may have started to take effect given the over 20% rise since late 2022.
Higher-than-expected UK core CPI has sealed the case for a 25-basis-point hike by the Bank of England next month. However, GBP has failed to benefit much from the repricing higher. Stretched speculative long GBP positioning, overbought conditions, and the possibility that the tightening could be in the price explain the reduced sensitivity of GBP. Furthermore, while inflation is well above BOE’s comfort range and wage growth remains solid, some of the forward-looking price and activity indicators point to downward momentum in underlying price pressures.
GBP/USD Monthly Chart
GBP/USD: Not out of the woods yet
On technical charts, GBP/USD has rebounded slightly from the tough converged cushion on the 89-day moving average, the lower edge of the Ichimoku cloud on the daily charts, and the end-June low of 1.2600 – a possibility highlighted in the previous update. See “British Pound Could Stage a Rebound: GBP/USD, EUR/GBP, GBP/JPY Price Setups After BOE,” published August 4.
However, from a short-term perspective, the pair is not out of the woods yet – GBP/USD needs to crack above the end-July high of 1.3000 for the immediate bearish pressure to fade. Until then, the short-term bias remains sideways to down.
That’s because of fatigue emerging on higher timeframe charts. On the monthly charts, GBP/USD has run into a stiff barrier, including the 89-month moving average, the upper edge of the Ichimoku cloud, and a downtrend line from 2014. This month’s drop below the July low has raised the risk that the consolidation could extend a bit further.
GBP/USD Daily Chart
To be fair, this doesn’t mean that the medium-term trend has turned bearish. Indeed, as the previous update pointed out, from a medium-term perspective, the rise in July to a multi-month high has confirmed the higher-tops-higher-bottom sequence since late 2022, leaving open the door for some medium-term gains. (See “British Pound Buoyant Ahead of BOE: How Much More Upside?”, published May 8).
Importantly, as pointed out late last year, a new peak this year could be unfolding into something more than just a corrective rebound, that is, it opens the door for a reversal of GBP/USD’s medium-term downtrend (first highlighted in October – see “GBP/USD Technical Outlook: Forming an Interim Base?” published October 3.
EUR/GBP Weekly Chart
EUR/GBP: Renewed leg lower?
After a brief respite, EUR/GBP looks ripe for a renewed leg lower – a risk highlighted in the previous update. See “British Pound Could Stage a Rebound: GBP/USD, EUR/GBP, GBP/JPY Price Setups After BOE,” published August 4. It is now testing a vital floor at the December low of 0.8550. A decisive break below could pave the way toward the August 2022 low of 0.8350.
GBP/JPY Daily Chart
GBP/JPY: Rally stalls at resistance
GBP/JPY’s rally has stalled at a crucial resistance on the upper edge of a rising pitchfork channel since early 2023. A negative divergence on the daily charts (rising price associated with declining 14-day Relative Strength Index) indicates that this year’s rally is losing steam. Still, the cross needs to fall below immediate support at the July high of 184.00 for the upward pressure to fade temporarily. Only a break below the July low of 176.25 would puncture the broader uptrend.
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— Written by Manish Jaradi, Strategist for DailyFX.com
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