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   “¢   The pair finally broke out of its consolidative trading range and is now looking to build on the positive momentum further beyond the 1.2800 handle.

   “¢   A sustained move beyond 50-hour SMA was seen as a key for bullish traders, with a modest USD profit-taking providing an additional boost over the past hour or so.

   “¢   A follow-through up-move beyond 100-hour SMA, further supported by technical indicators on the 1-hourly chart, would add credence to the near-term bullish breakout.

   “¢   Hence, any positive surprise from today’s UK employment report would be enough to trigger a near-term short-covering bounce amid oversold conditions on the daily chart.

GBP/USD 1-hourly chart

Spot Rate: 1.2797
Daily Low: 1.2749
Trend: Increasing prospects for a near-term short-covering bounce

R1: 1.2817 (100-period SMA H1)
R2: 1.2859 (R3 daily pivot-point)
R3: 1.2900 (round figure mark)

S1: 1.2749 (current day swing low)
S2: 1.2723 (13-month low set last Friday)
S3: 1.2701 (S2 daily pivot-point)