GBP/JPY pares early losses, bounces back closer to 133.00 mark

  • GBP/JPY stalled its recent bullish momentum and snapped three consecutive days of winning streak.
  • Concerns over global recession benefitted the JPY’s safe-haven status and exerted some pressure.
  • A sustained break below the 132.00 mark needed to increase prospects for a further near-term downfall.

The GBP/JPY pair quickly recovered around 80 pips from daily lows, albeit seemed struggling to build on the momentum beyond the 133.00 round-figure mark.

The cross came under some selling pressure on the last trading day of the week and for now, seems to have stalled its recent strong positive momentum to two-week tops. The cross snapped three consecutive days of a winning streak and was being weighed down by reviving safe-haven demand for the Japanese yen.

The latest optimism over a massive $2.2 trillion US stimulus package turned out to be short-lived amid growing concerns over the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. This eventually weighed on investors' sentiment and the same was evident from a weaker tone around the global equity markets.

Meanwhile, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK rose to nearly 12,000 and fueled fears that transmissibility might be faster than expected. The rapid spread of virus took its toll on the British pound and contributed to the intraday slide, though the cross found some support ahead of the 1.3200 mark.

In the absence of any major market-moving economic releases, the broader market risk sentiment might continue to influence the JPY's safe-haven demand. This coupled with developments surrounding the coronavirus saga might further infuse volatility in the FX market and produce some trading opportunities.

Technical levels to watch


Today last price 132.73
Today Daily Change -1.03
Today Daily Change % -0.77
Today daily open 133.76
Daily SMA20 133.13
Daily SMA50 138.95
Daily SMA100 140.54
Daily SMA200 137.28
Previous Daily High 133.83
Previous Daily Low 130.56
Previous Weekly High 132.59
Previous Weekly Low 124.07
Previous Monthly High 144.96
Previous Monthly Low 137.53
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 132.58
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 131.81
Daily Pivot Point S1 131.6
Daily Pivot Point S2 129.45
Daily Pivot Point S3 128.34
Daily Pivot Point R1 134.87
Daily Pivot Point R2 135.98
Daily Pivot Point R3 138.13



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