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GBP/JPY Approaching Significant Resistance, UK GDP Next

Key Highlights

  • GBP/JPY started a fresh increase from the 133.03 low.
  • It broke a key bearish trend line with resistance near 135.00 on the 4-hours chart.
  • The UK GDP is likely to contract 20.4% in Q2 2020 (QoQ).
  • The US ADP Employment could increase 648K in Sep 2020, up from the last 428K.


GBP/JPY Technical Analysis

This past week, the British Pound traded to a new monthly low at 133.03 against the Japanese Yen. A support base was formed above 133.00 and GBP/JPY started a decent recovery wave.

Looking at the 4-hours chart, the pair recovered above the 133.50 and 134.00 levels. There was a break above a key bearish trend line with resistance near 135.00, opening the doors for a fresh recovery.

Recently, there was a break above the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the downward move from the 142.71 high to 133.03 low. However, the pair is now approaching a few important hurdles, starting with 136.00 and the 100 simple moving average (red, 4-hours).

The next resistance is near the 136.75 level (a multi-touch zone). The main resistance is near the 137.85 level and the 200 simple moving average (green, 4-hours). It is close to the 50% Fib retracement level of the downward move from the 142.71 high to 133.03 low.

If the pair struggles to continue higher above 136.00 or 136.75, there is a risk of a fresh decline. An initial support on the downside is near the 135.00 level, below which the pair could decline towards the 134.20 support or even 133.50.

Looking at GBP/USD, the pair is still facing a strong resistance near the 1.3000 level. Besides, EUR/USD is showing early signs of a decent recovery above the 1.1700 resistance.

Upcoming Economic Releases

  • UK GDP Q2 2020 (QoQ) - Forecast -20.4%, versus -20.4% previous.
  • US Pending Home Sales for August 2020 (MoM) - Forecast +3.2%, versus +5.9% previous.
  • US ADP Employment Change for Sep 2020 - Forecast 648K, versus 428K previous.