British Pound technical forecast: GBP/USD 2023 breakout levels

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British Pound technical forecast: GBP/USD weekly trade levels

  • British Pound validates breakout of 2023 opening-range highs
  • GBP/USD rally approaching key confluence zone at long-term, downtrend resistance
  • Sterling resistance 1.2757/73 (critical), 1.3104– support 1.2397-1.2448, 1.2084, ~1.2010

The British Pound has rallied for eight of the past nine-weeks with GBP/USD breaching the yearly opening-range highs last week. The advance has now extended nearly 6.7% off the March / yearly lows and exposes a possible run-on long-term, downtrend resistance- NFP, Bank of England on tap. These are the updated targets and invalidation levels that matter on the GBP/USD weekly technical chart.

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British Pound Price Chart – GBP/USD Weekly

British Pound Price Chart  GBP USD Weekly  Sterilng Trade Outlook  GBPUSD Technical Forecast  542023

Chart Prepared by Michael Boutros, Sr. Technical Strategist; GBP/USD on TradingView

Technical Outlook: In my last, British Pound Weekly Forecast (March) we noted that GBP/USD had, “reversed off key support with a five-week rally now approaching key resistance at the yearly opening-range highs.” The pivot zone in focus was at “1.2397-1.2448- a region defined by the yearly high-week close and the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement of the 2022 decline. Risk for topside exhaustion / price inflection into this zone over the next few weeks.”

Sterling held below this threshold for nearly five-weeks before finally breaching late-last week. The breakout now threatens a rally towards a key technical confluence at multi-year trend resistance around 1.2757/73- a region defined by the 61.18% retracement of the 2021 decline and the February 2019 low (an area of interest for possible exhaustion / price inflection IF reached).

Initial weekly support now rests at former resistance (1.2397-1.2448) and price will need to hold above this zone for the immediate advance to remains viable– a break / close below would risk a larger correction back towards the objective yearly-open at 1.2084. Broader bullish invalidation now raised to the 52-week moving average, currently ~1.2010.

Bottom line: A breakout of the yearly opening-range shifts the medium-term focus higher in the British Pound with the advance now within striking distance of multi-year downtrend resistance. From at trading standpoint, look to reduce long-exposure / raise protective stops on a stretch towards 1.2757/73- losses should be limited to last week’s lows IF price is heading higher. Keep in mind we still have US non-farm payrolls tomorrow with the BoE interest rate decision on tap next week. I’ll publish an updated British Pound short-term outlook once we get further clarity on the near-term GBP/USD technical trade levels.

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