GBPUSD defends week-start recovery as UK employment data looms

FX:GBPUSD   British Pound / U.S. Dollar
GBPUSD stays defensive above 1.2700 as traders await the UK’s monthly employment data early Tuesday. In doing so, the Pound Sterling keeps the previous day’s recovery from a seven-week-old rising support line and the 21-day Exponential Moving Average (EMA). Monday’s rebound also justifies an uptick in the RSI (14) line but fails to gather momentum amid bearish MACD signals. As a result, the Cable pair is likely to mark another attempt to cross a descending resistance line from July 2023, close to the 1.2800 threshold at the latest. However, any further upside appears lacking acceptance, which if takes place could challenge the yearly high marked in March around 1.2895 and the 1.2900 round figure. Should the buyers keep the reins past 1.2900, the 1.3000 psychological magnet and late 2023 peak of 1.3142 will be in the spotlight.

On the contrary, the 21-day EMA level of 1.2710 and the aforementioned rising support line, close to the 1.2700 mark, restrict the short-term downside of the GBPUSD pair. It’s worth noting, however, that the Pound Sterling’s sustained weakness beneath 1.2700 will direct sellers toward the early May swing high of nearly 1.2635 and then to the 50% Fibonacci ratio of the pair’s July-October 2023 fall, near 1.2590. Following that, the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level of around 1.2455 and an upward-sloping trend line from October 2023, near 1.2400, will act as the final defense of the bulls.

Overall, the GBPUSD pair is likely to extend the latest recovery ahead of the UK employment data but the upside room appears limited, which in turn suggests the need for strongly positive statistics to defend the buyers.


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