GBPUSD Technical Analysis | Bears are losing their grip?

BY Janne Muta

|November 1, 2023

GBPUSD technical analysis - The Fed is not expected to hike rates today. Instead, the markets are betting the central bank will cut the rates by 25 bp in June 2024.

Traders will focus on the wording of the FOMC statement to get clues on whether these assumptions are still valid or whether the Open Market Committee has something new and unexpected to say in their statement. Hawkish statements would support the dollar and therefore pressure the GBPUSD pair.

The Bank of England (BoE) is also expected to keep the rates untouched as the bank believes inflation is easing. However, the services inflation has increased which could indicate the BoE is likely to keep the rates at elevated levels for longer.

Summary of This GBPUSD Technical Analysis Report:

  • GBPUSD has declined 7.8% since July. Recent range-bound action hints at institutional buying. Market fluctuates between 1.2037 and 1.2337. Outcomes depend on breaking these ranges, influencing future trading directions.
  • The daily GBPUSD chart displays lower swing highs, suggesting sellers might push the market to 1.2037. A break above 1.2200 could lead to 1.2288-1.2337, where multiple technical indicators align.
  • The 4-hour GBPUSD chart mirrors the daily, showing higher swing lows since October 26th. A continuation might surpass 1.2200, but failure could lead the market back to 1.2096 or lower.

Read the full GBPUSD technical analysis report below.

GBPUSD technical analysis

GBPUSD technical analysis, Weekly Chart

Weekly GBPUSD technical analysis

GBPUSD has lost over 7.8% since the July high. This down move has brought the market relatively close to the levels that started a substantial rally in March. The recent loss of downside momentum and the range-bound price action suggest that institutional buying has started to come in.

The market is range-bound between the 1.2037 support level and the 1.2337 resistance level. The loss of downside momentum is evident in the stochastic oscillator moving higher from a deeply oversold condition.

Potential Market Outcomes

If this sideways move is resolved to the upside, look for a move to the technical confluence area around the 20-period moving average and the 50% Fibonacci retracement level. Alternatively, if the market breaks the lower end of the range decisively, we could see it trading down towards the March low at 1.1802.

GBPUSD technical analysis, Daily Chart

Daily GBPUSD technical analysis

The daily GBPUSD chart shows the market creating lower swing highs inside the range described in the weekly GBP/USD technical analysis section above. This indicates that sellers are willing to step in at lower and lower levels, possibly pushing the market to test the range low at 1.2037.

Technical Indicators

The stochastic oscillator is pointing to the upside, but we need to see a decisive break above the 1.2200. This would open the way for the market to possibly trade to 1.2288.

This is where we have a technical confluence area between 1.2288 and 1.2337. The 50-period moving average, the 23.6% Fibonacci retracement level, and a couple of market structure levels are closely aligned inside this range.

GBPUSD technical analysis, 2h chart

GBPUSD technical analysis, 4h chart

The 4-hour chart provides us with a picture fairly similar to the GBPUSD technical analysis based on the daily chart. The major support and resistance levels are roughly equal to those pointed out in the daily chart.

Market Trend Since October 26th

However, the 4-hour chart reveals that the market has created higher swing lows and higher highs since the October 26th low. If this continues, the market could likely break above the nearest key resistance level at 1.2200.

Alternatively, if the Sterling fails to rally beyond this point, the market would be more likely to move back to the 1.2096 low and then possibly below it.

Client sentiment graph (GBPUSD technical analysis)

Client sentiment analysis

TIOmarkets' clients are very bullish on GBPUSD with 94% of them currently holding long positions in the DJ, while only 6% of them are short the market.

Please remember that the retail trader client sentiment is a contrarian indicator as most of the retail traders are on average betting against the market trends. This is why, experienced traders tend to trade against the retail client sentiment. You can follow the TIOmarkets client sentiment live on our Forex dashboard.

The key risk events impacting this market today:

  • Federal Funds Rate
  • FOMC Statement
  • FOMC Press Conference
  • BOE Monetary Policy Report
  • BOE Monetary Policy Summary
  • UK MPC Official Bank Rate Votes
  • UK Official Bank Rate
  • BOE Gov Bailey Speaks
  • US Unemployment Claims
  • US Average Hourly Earnings m/m
  • US Non-Farm Employment Change
  • US Unemployment Rate
  • US ISM Services PMI

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Potential GBPUSD Market Moves

The weekly GBPUSD technical analysis indicates, there's evidence less bearish movement in Sterling. If the market decisively breaks above the 1.2200 resistance, it could target the technical confluence area between 1.2288 and 1.2337, propelled by aligned technical indicators.

Conversely, the daily chart suggests possible bearish tendencies. If sellers continue stepping in at lower levels, the market might test and possibly breach the 1.2037 range low, indicating a downward trajectory for GBPUSD.

How would you trade the GBPUSD today?

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Janne Muta

Janne Muta holds an M.Sc in finance and has over 20 years experience in analysing and trading the financial markets.

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