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Forex Analysis: GBP/USD Rises to Approach Major Resistance Level


July 22, 2013 – GBP/USD (daily chart) has continued its rise of the past two weeks from the double-bottom low just above 1.4800 to approach major resistance around the 1.5400 level. In the process of the recent advance, the currency pair has broken out above key prior resistance levels, including the 1.5000 figure and 1.5250.

The 1.5400 area is both an important support/resistance level that has served as a turning point several times in the past, as well as the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement of the plunge that occurred from the high above 1.6300 in the beginning of the year down to the low above 1.4800 in mid-March.

Having risen off a double-bottom pattern that retested that 1.4800-area low two weeks ago, price is currently entrenched in an upside correction within an overall bearish trend. If the pair is able to stay below 1.5400 resistance with a subsequent turn back to the downside, the downtrend may seek a continuation with the key objective once again around the noted 1.4800 support level. If there is a breakout above 1.5400, further upside resistance on the current bullish correction resides firmly at the 1.5600 level.

James Chen, CMT
Chief Technical Strategist
City Index Group


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James Chen

James Chen

James Chen is Chief Technical Strategist for City Index Group. He is also a Chartered Market Technician. He is the author of the books: "Essentials of Foreign Exchange Trading" (John Wiley & Sons, 2009) and "Essentials of Technical Analysis for Financial Markets" (John Wiley & Sons, 2010). Mr. Chen writes currency analysis, leads forex trading seminars and has appeared in numerous major financial media outlets, including CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Forbes, Reuters, Dow Jones, and the Associated Press.