GBP/USD Fails to Sustain Strength above 1.4600 Mark

GBP/USD Fails to Sustain Strength above 1.4600 Mark

27 April 2016, 15:02
Roberto Jacobs

GBP/USD Fails to Sustain Strength above 1.4600 Mark

Following the release of UK GDP print, which matched consensus estimates, the GBP/USD recovered from early losses and climbed back above 1.4600 mark just to erase all of its gains to trade nearly unchanged from yesterday's close.

Earlier on Wednesday, the UK Office for National Statistics reported a tepid 0.4% economic growth during the first quarter of 2015. Although, the reading was below 0.6% growth recorded in the last quarter of 2015, it was still in-line with consensus estimates. The yearly growth rate was unchanged at 2.1% and was higher than 2.0% expected. With the Fed scheduled to announce its monetary policy in few hours from now, the pair seems more likely to holding within day's trading range.

Technical levels to watch

On Tuesday, the pair tested a key resistance near 1.4640-50 area marking 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level of 1.5930-1.3835 downslide and retraced back below 1.4600 mark. This 1.4640-50 area might continue to act as immediate resistance on the upside. Even if the pair manages to clear this immediate resistance, any further up-move might confront resistance just below 1.4700 handle (1.4685-90 area), representing the upper trend-line resistance of a short-term ascending trend-channel formation on H4 chart.

Meanwhile on the downside, weakness back below 1.4550 immediate support seems to drag the pair towards testing the ascending trend-channel support, currently pegged near 1.4460-50 area. Only a decisive break below the trend-channel now seems to negate the pair's near-term bullish bias.


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