Monday, February 1, 2010

GBPUSD—support and resistance

Last Thursday I wrote that I shorted GBPUSD at 1.6246. The overall move looked corrective to me in the context of the large, sideways pattern. I added to that position at 1.6132, after the pair managed to close below the daily 200 SMA on the shorter-term charts. Obviously, while I don’t believe one should give into the house money effect, I was in profit on the first trade. I also placed a very tight stop on the second trade. Both are in profit as of now (10:32 AM EST), one at 336 pips profit and one at 222 pips profit. I took partial profits from the first trade, once at 1.6134 for +112 pips and once at 1.6014 for +232 pips profit.

What next? Obviously, I’m not going to bail out of short positions that could continue to run but there could be a bounce so I’m keeping my stop relatively far away. On the three-hour chart, the last candle had a longish, lower shadow and the current candle could close above it, hinting that the pair is rejecting lower prices for now. A close below that prior shadow would be bearish. On the one-hour chart, there have been three bullish candles for a short rise. The 4th candle that just completed has a small body. If the current candle closes deep into the third bullish candle, this would be an evening star. This all bears (unfortunate choice of word in this situation, I know) watching. Most likely resistance is:

1.5979 (today’s high)
1.6000/13 (round number and .382 fib retracement from 1/28 high)
1.6058/64/71/85/90 (polarity, various fib retracements, and uptrend line from March low)
1.6135 (speed line)
1.6220 (200 SMA on daily chart)
1.6314 (downtrend from November high)

Support levels are:

1.5851 (January low)
1.5833 (December low)
1.5731 (polarity)
1.5708 (October low)

Here’s the one-hour chart:

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