Weekly Analysis: Last week the bulls maintained control and managed to push the pair above 1.1240 resistance, helped also by a much worse than expected Non-Farm Payrolls reading.
After a retracement and a perfect bounce at 1.1120, the pair moved back into 1.1240 resistance and this time the level was broken decisively. This means that the uptrend has resumed and price is on its way to the next resistance, located at 1.1340 – 1.1350. It must be noted that the Relative Strength Index and Stochastic have spent a lot of time in the upper part of their channels and although this is normal during an uptrend, it can also mean that a deeper pullback may soon follow. If price moves below 1.1240, it will encounter strong support at 1.1120.
French and German banks will be closed Monday in observance of Whit Monday, and this will probably affect volatility, generating choppy price action. On the US Dollar side we have the ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI, a survey of purchasing managers from outside the manufacturing sector, which acts as a leading indicator of economic health and optimism.
Tuesday and Wednesday are slow days for both currencies but action picks up Thursday when the ECB will announce their decision on where to set the interest rate and ECB President Draghi will hold the usual press conference, discussing the rate decision and answering journalists’ questions. Usually volatility surges during the press conference, especially if Draghi offers hints about future rate changes. The trading week will end with another day that lacks major releases on either side.
The pair had a very choppy week but it showed that for the time being the US Dollar is not strong enough to break horizontal support or the 50 days Exponential Moving Average. The week lacked major economic releases and this contributed to the choppy action.
Most of last week’s daily candles are small and with large wicks, which is a sign of indecision from both sellers and buyers. For the time being the 50 days Exponential Moving Average and the support at 1.2770 are holding, also the US Dollar was weakened by disappointing Non-Farm Employment numbers and all this suggests that the pair will climb towards 1.3050. However, it must be noted that this week the British Parliamentary Elections will take place and this will heavily affect the Pound, so the technical aspect will be secondary.
The first event of the week is the release of the British Services PMI, scheduled Monday; usually this survey creates volatility only if the actual reading differs from expectations. Probably the biggest movement on Pound pairs will be seen Thursday when the UK Parliamentary Elections take place. Caution is recommended throughout the day.
Friday the British Manufacturing Production is released, showing changes in the total value of goods generated by the manufacturing sector. Higher numbers usually strengthen the Pound but same as with the Services PMI, the impact is bigger if the actual reading differs from expectations.
Written by: Bogdan Giulvezan