GBP/JPY slips below mid-135.00s, fresh session lows amid notable JPY demand

  • GBP/JPY failed to capitalize on the overnight bounce and met with some fresh supply on Friday.
  • A strong pickup in demand for the safe-haven JPY was seen as a key factor exerting pressure.
  • The GBP consolidated the previous day’s volatile swings and did little to influence the cross.

The GBP/JPY cross edged lower during the first half of the European trading session and was last seen hovering near daily lows, just below mid-135.00s.

The cross failed to capitalize on the previous day's goodish rebound of nearly 150 pips from the vicinity of mid-134.00s, or eight-week lows and started retreated from the 136.15-20 supply zone. The downtick was sponsored by a pickup in demand for the safe-haven Japanese yen amid a softer risk tone around the global equity markets.

Concerns about the second wave of coronavirus infections dampened prospects for a sharp V-shaped global economic recovery and dented investors' appetite for riskier assets. The JPY was further supported by the Bank of Japan's less gloomy view on the economy following the latest monetary policy update on Thursday.

On the other hand, the British pound lacked any firm directional bias and was seen consolidating the previous day's volatile price moves. The BoE discussed implementing negative interest rates at the September policy meeting on Thursday. The negative factor was offset by some optimistic Brexit-related comments by the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, saying that a trade deal between the EU and the UK is still possible.

From a technical perspective, the overnight slide confirmed a near-term bearish break through a one-week-old trading range. This coupled with the pair's inability to gain any meaningful traction supports prospects for a further near-term depreciating move. Hence, a subsequent fall back below the key 135.00 psychological mark, en-route the overnight swing low, around the 134.55 region, now looks a distinct possibility.

Technical levels to watch


Today last price 135.38
Today Daily Change -0.51
Today Daily Change % -0.38
Today daily open 135.89
Daily SMA20 138.82
Daily SMA50 137.88
Daily SMA100 135.7
Daily SMA200 137.2
Previous Daily High 136.22
Previous Daily Low 134.58
Previous Weekly High 141.05
Previous Weekly Low 135.58
Previous Monthly High 142.04
Previous Monthly Low 137.75
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 135.21
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 135.59
Daily Pivot Point S1 134.91
Daily Pivot Point S2 133.92
Daily Pivot Point S3 133.26
Daily Pivot Point R1 136.55
Daily Pivot Point R2 137.21
Daily Pivot Point R3 138.19



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