FX Breakout Monitor: GBPUSD and EURUSD teasing breakouts lower

Forex 4 minutes to read

John Hardy

Head of FX Strategy

Summary:  The US dollar is at it again, but at it in slow-motion as it pushes to new local highs in several places without showing much momentum, to the frustration of momentum traders everywhere. Today we focus most on GBPUSD downside risks.


Today’s Breakout monitor

The FX Breakout Monitor is a concise PDF overview of all current and recent price breakouts for the short and medium term for major FX pairs and spot silver and gold.

A PDF of today’s Breakout Monitor

Below is a snapshot of the full list of currency pairs we track for the breakout monitor. Note that EURUSD nominally broke lower yesterday by posting a new 19-day and 49-day low close,  although the obvious focus is on the 1.1000 level and a more convincing break. USDCHF also broke higher yesterday and GBPUSD has broken lower as of this writing. Among other USD pairs within the G10, USDCAD is poised right at resistance and NZDUSD is close to an important breakdown level as well – also in the longer term perspective.

Source: Bloomberg and Saxo Group

We also note the AUDNZD attempt higher into interesting levels locally around 1.0450, although the longer term picture will require a bit more from the pair to mark a larger breakout. In EM, note that while many EM currencies have taken some heart from the strength in risk appetite, USDTRY is having a look at breakout levels to the upside once again and USDSGD has been ripping higher after Singapore’s monetary authority suggested it would allow a weakening outside the normal band.

Today’s Breakout Highlight: GBPUSD
GBPUSD is trading heavily below the 19-day low close today, although the nominal intraday levels of note are  bit lower at 1.2941 and 1.2905. If the pair pushes through these levels we could be looking toward the 200-day moving average next as the market feels ill-prepared for the long wait for the trade deal with the EU to take shape – actually the key hurdle for improving business sentiment, more than the December election result.

Source: Saxo Group
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