To open long positions on GBP/USD, you need:
In yesterday's afternoon review, I drew attention to the struggle for the 1.3052 level and recommended to act from it. It was not possible to wait for a buy signal, because after the breakout of 1.3052, the bulls failed to protect this level, allowing the pair to return to the area below this range. But testing 1.3052 from the bottom up formed a good entry point into short positions, afterwards the pound retreated by more than 50 points.
The situation is quite delicate at the moment, since it is not very clear whether the parties will be able to agree in the next few days or not. Any insider information will lead to a sharp movement of the pound in one direction or another. Buyers need to protect support at 1.3021, and forming a false breakout on it will be a signal to open long positions with the goal of returning to the area of yesterday's resistance at 1.3072. However, only a breakout and being able to settle at this level will lead to forming a good additional entry point into long positions, and could also lead the pound to highs of 1.3120 and 1.3174, where I recommend taking profits. In case GBP/USD falls below the 1.3021 level, it is best not to rush to buy, but to wait until the 1.2974 low has been updated, where you can open long positions only if a false breakout appears. I recommend buying GBP/USD immediately on a rebound in a large support at 1.2919, counting on a correction of 20-30 points within the day.
The Commitment of Traders (COT) report for October 20 showed a reduction in short positions and a sharp increase in long positions. Long non-commercial positions rose from 36,195 to 39,836. At the same time, short non-commercial positions fell from 45,997 to 41,836. As a result, the negative value of the non-commercial net position slightly increased and reached -2,000, against - 9,802 a week earlier, which indicates that the sellers of the pound retain control and also shows their minimal advantage in the current situation.
To open short positions on GBP/USD, you need:
Sellers of the pound will focus on the breakout and settle below the intermediate support at 1.3021, as only this can increase the pressure on the pair and push it even lower to the 1.2974 level, where I recommend taking profits. A stronger bearish momentum will only emerge if disagreements persist in the UK-EU trade deal. Going beyond and settling below 1.2974 forms a good entry point for short positions in anticipation of updating the lows of 1.2919 and 1.2865, where I recommend taking profits. If the demand for the pound persists in the morning, then I do not recommend rushing with sell positions. It is best to open short positions from the resistance of 1.3072, subject to forming a false breakout there, or sell GBP/USD immediately after a rebound from the 1.3120 high, counting on a correction of 20-30 points within the day.
Trading is carried out in the area of 30 and 50 moving averages, which indicates some market uncertainty.
Note: The period and prices of moving averages are considered by the author on the H1 hourly chart and differs from the general definition of the classic daily moving averages on the daily D1 chart.
A breakout of the upper border of the indicator in the area of 1.3055 will lead to a new wave of growth of the pound. A breakout of the lower boundary at 1.3005 will increase pressure on the pair.
Description of indicators
- Moving average (moving average, determines the current trend by smoothing out volatility and noise). Period 50. It is marked in yellow on the chart.
- Moving average (moving average, determines the current trend by smoothing out volatility and noise). Period 30. It is marked in green on the chart.
- MACD indicator (Moving Average Convergence/Divergence — convergence/divergence of moving averages) Quick EMA period 12. Slow EMA period to 26. SMA period 9
- Bollinger Bands (Bollinger Bands). Period 20
- Non-commercial speculative traders, such as individual traders, hedge funds, and large institutions that use the futures market for speculative purposes and meet certain requirements.
- Long non-commercial positions represent the total long open position of non-commercial traders.
- Short non-commercial positions represent the total short open position of non-commercial traders.
- Total non-commercial net position is the difference between short and long positions of non-commercial traders.