Tuesday, November 2, 2010

GBPJPY—possible long with stop and reverse

I'm leaning long and here's why. We’re near a good support level of 128.00 (yen pairs like round numbers) and near an uptrend line at 129 (another round number). This may only be a correction before further drops but corrections often stay within parallel lines and it could get back to the top of this upward correction. (131.30) The 50% retracement of the most recent down is at 130.73, also a prior high. That's a nothing move pip-wise for this pair. 133.03 is a confluence level and a break above the channel line to here would most likely set off a short squeeze that could push it further upwards. So I may be looking for a long this morning.

When would I know I was wrong if I was long? Certainly below 128.00—so an entry here might carry a bit too much risk for the average trader. One could buy at 128 with a very tight stop (and I do mean tight, i.e. 127.90) but I'd be watching momentum closely at that point. Notice how RSI is coiling within a symmetrical triangle. Stop and reverse would be the probable trade at that point, looking for a retest of 126.44. I have price targets below that from my Point and Figure charts of 121.50, then 120.40, 119.70, and .9990 (gulp).

Here's the three-hour chart:

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