GBP/USD on course to hit three-year highs, defying overbought conditions

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  • GBP/USD has been benefiting from the upbeat market mood which weighs on the dollar. 
  • Robust UK job figures and less fear from the virus strains is boosting sterling. 
  • Tuesday’s four-hour chart is showing that cable has entered overbought conditions. 

Can technicals defy fundamentals and pull cable back down? It seems that the answer is no, as the pound has plenty of reasons to rise while the dollar has reasons to tumble down.

The latest news from the UK has been upbeat – Britain’s Unemployment Rate dropped to 4.8% in March, beating estimates and showing that the economy was strong when the reopening was just in its infancy. The more recent Claimant Count Change for April also exceeded expectations by showing a fall of 15,100.

Several restrictions were loosened on Monday, amid fears that the variant first found in India is spreading fast. Nevertheless, new studies showed that existing vaccines cope with this new variant efficiently. The UK is well-advanced in immunizing its population, with 35-year olds now eligible for a jab.

Even the Brexit front has seen some upbeat developments – Britain made new offers to resolve trade issues with Northern Ireland.

On the other side of the pond, the dollar has been suffering from the Federal Reserve’s insistence that rising inflation is transitory. Fed Vice-Chair Richard Clarida clarified that this is the bank’s stance despite the bump up in the Consumer Price Index in April and the surge in inflation expectations reported by the University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Index.

The Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic is set to speak later in the day. If he does not deviate from the bank’s current stance, it is hard to see the dollar recovering.

Close by in Washington, the White House will receive counter-proposals from Republicans, which will likely fall substantially short of President Joe Biden’s ambitions for a $4 trillion spend and tax package. Concerns of overheating are unlikely to arise from the GOP’s proposals.

Overall, GBP/USD has more reasons to rise than fall.

GBP/USD Technical Analysis

Pound/dollar has entered overbought territory according to the Relative Strength Index (RSI) on the four-hour chart. It has topped the 70 level. On the other hand, momentum is to the upside and the currency pair is also trading above the 50, 100 and 200 Simple Moving Averages.

Immediate resistance is at 1.4215, which is the daily top and the highest since February. Further above, the 2021 peak of 1.4240 awaits bulls. Beyond that point, the upside target is the 20218 peak of 1.4375.

Some support awaits at 1.4160 which was the previous high point in May. It is followed by 1.4105, 1.4075 and 1.4050.

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