GBP/USD Forex Signal: Consolidating Below $1.3181

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A key pivotal point is likely at $1.3000.

My GBP/USD signal last Wednesday was not triggered as there was no bearish price action when the price first reached the resistance level which I had identified at $1.3163.

Today’s GBP/USD Signals

Risk 0.75%.

Trades may only be entered between 8am and 5pm London time today.

  • Go long following a bullish price action reversal on the H1 time frame immediately upon the next touch of $1.3000.
  • Place the stop loss 1 pip below the local swing low.
  • Move the stop loss to break even once the trade is 25 pips in profit.
  • Remove 50% of the position as profit when the price reaches 25 pips in profit and leave the remainder of the position to ride.

Short Trade Ideas

  • Go short following a bearish price action reversal on the H1 time frame immediately upon the next touch of $1.3163 or $1.3236.
  • Place the stop loss 1 pip above the local swing high.
  • Move the stop loss to break even once the trade is 25 pips in profit.
  • Remove 50% of the position as profit when the price reaches 25 pips in profit and leave the remainder of the position to ride.

The best method to identify a classic “price action reversal” is for an hourly candle to close, such as a pin bar, a doji, an outside or even just an engulfing candle with a higher close. You can exploit these levels or zones by watching the price action that occurs at the given levels.

GBP/USD Analysis

I wrote last Wednesday that the price was showing a choppy consolidation between $1.3050 and $1.3150. I had thought that if the price hit $1.3163 and made a bearish reversal, it would make an attractive short trade entry.

I was correct about looking for opportunities on the short and not the long side, but I was wrong about the reliability of the resistance level I had identified at $1.3163, as it failed to hold the price and cap the high of the day. The correct level would have been $1.3181, which did act as effective resistance that day and has continued to do so since.

We have seen the price continue to consolidate below $1.3181 over the past week, with more movement on the bearish side as the US Dollar resumes its long-term bullish trend.

The price has now arrived near the half number at $1.3050 which has been informally supportive, although it is not really a key level. This means that we may see a rise from here over the short term, but it is hard to tell.

The big round number and support level below at $1.3000 really stands out as potentially providing a great trading opportunity by acting as a major pivotal point, either mid to long-term from a bullish bounce at $1.3000 if the level holds, or from a short trade if the price can break and get established below $1.3000. This is because there are no support levels close by below $1.3000, so the price could have a lot of room to fall without meeting any supportive obstacles.

Day traders may try to take some long pips from a bounce at $1.3050, but swing or position traders should only look to trade off $1.3000 or $1.3181, neither of which are likely to be reached today, so opportunities here are likely to be limited right now.

GBP/USD

Regarding the USD, there will be a release of the FOMC’s Meeting Minutes at 7pm London time,. There is nothing of high importance scheduled for today concerning the GBP.

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