Forex Analysis: GBP/USD Reaches New Long-Term High in Steep

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May 1, 2014 – GBP/USD (daily chart) has risen to establish a new four-year high at 1.6919 in early Thursday trading, confirming a continuation of the sharp bullish trend that has been in place for the past nine months since the 1.4800-area low in July of 2013. This steep climb represents a full 14% advance in less than a year, highlighting sterling’s prominent strength in recent months. The last major pullback within this robust uptrend occurred from late February to late March, when the currency pair made a 61.8% retracement of its last bullish run to a level just below 1.6500 support before making a strong rebound.

Currently well above both its key 50-day and 200-day moving averages, GBP/USD’s sharp trajectory has placed it in position for another pullback before a potential resumption of the entrenched bullish trend. Shallow downside support on this potential pullback resides around the 1.6750 level and then the 50-day moving average. To the upside, a continuation of the sharp uptrend should look next to target the nearby 1.7000 resistance level, where the currency pair last peaked in August of 2009.

James Chen, CMT
Chief Technical Strategist
City Index Group

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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.

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