GBP/JPY hangs near multi-month lows, below 134.00 mark

  • A combination of factors continued exerting some heavy pressure on GBP/JPY.
  • Speculations about another lockdown in the UK undermined the British pound.
  • The risk-off mood benefitted the safe-haven JPY and added to the selling bias.

The GBP/JPY cross maintained its heavily offered tone through the mid-European session and was last seen trading just below the 134.00 mark.

The cross prolonged a two-week-old bearish trajectory and witnessed some strong follow-through selling on the first day of a new trading week. The downfall was sponsored by a combination of factors, including the offered tone surrounding the British pound and a strong pickup in demand for the safe-haven Japanese yen.

Reports that the UK could be headed for another national lockdown of two weeks to counter a resurgence in COVID-19 cases took its toll on the sterling. The UK government's Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance acknowledged on Monday that they are in a situation where coronavirus infection numbers are clearly increasing.

Meanwhile, concerns about the ever-increasing coronavirus cases weighed heavily on investors' sentiment and triggered a fresh wave of the global risk aversion trade. This, in turn, provided a strong boost to the Japanese yen's safe-haven status and further contribute to the GBP/JPY pair's ongoing slide.

Apart from this, the downfall could further be attributed to some technical selling below the previous swing lows, around the 134.55 region. Meanwhile, RSI (14) on the daily chart is already flashing oversold conditions and warrant some caution for bearish traders or positioning for any further near-term depreciating move.

Technical levels to watch


Today last price 133.95
Today Daily Change -1.11
Today Daily Change % -0.82
Today daily open 135.06
Daily SMA20 138.65
Daily SMA50 137.88
Daily SMA100 135.71
Daily SMA200 137.15
Previous Daily High 136.17
Previous Daily Low 134.95
Previous Weekly High 136.59
Previous Weekly Low 134.58
Previous Monthly High 142.04
Previous Monthly Low 137.75
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 135.42
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 135.7
Daily Pivot Point S1 134.62
Daily Pivot Point S2 134.18
Daily Pivot Point S3 133.4
Daily Pivot Point R1 135.83
Daily Pivot Point R2 136.61
Daily Pivot Point R3 137.04



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