GBP/JPY struggles for direction, flat-lined above mid-152.00s


  • GBP/JPY seesawed between tepid gains/minor losses through the early European session.
  • COVID-19 jitters underpinned the safe-haven JPY and capped the attempted recovery move.
  • A subdued USD demand extended some support to the GBP and helped limit the downside.

The GBP/JPY cross quickly retreated around 30-35 pips from the early European session highs and was last seen trading in the neutral territory, near the 152.60-65 region.

The cross struggled to capitalize on its attempted intraday recovery move from the 152.30-35 area, or two-and-half-week lows, instead met with some fresh supply in the vicinity of the 153.00 mark. Concerns about the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus continued weighing on investors' sentiment and acted as a tailwind for the safe-haven Japanese yen. This, in turn, was seen as a key factor that kept a lid on any meaningful upside for the GBP/JPY cross.

On the other hand, persistent Brexit-related uncertainties kept the GBP bulls on the defensive and further collaborated towards capping gains for the GBP/JPY cross. In the latest development, European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič warned that the EU will step up legal proceedings without moves from the UK to remedy the violation of the Brexit agreement on Northern Ireland (NI). That said, a subdued USD price action helped limit the downside for the British pound, at least for now.

There isn't any major market-moving economic data due for release from the UK on Wednesday, leaving the GBP/JPY cross at the mercy of the broader market risk sentiment. Apart from this, the release of the highly-anticipated FOMC June meeting minutes will influence both, the JPY and the sterling, which might further contribute to produce some meaningful trading opportunities around the cross.

Technical levels to watch

GBP/JPY

Overview
Today last price 152.6
Today Daily Change -0.11
Today Daily Change % -0.07
Today daily open 152.71
 
Trends
Daily SMA20 153.99
Daily SMA50 153.89
Daily SMA100 152.13
Daily SMA200 145.85
 
Levels
Previous Daily High 154.08
Previous Daily Low 152.36
Previous Weekly High 154.23
Previous Weekly Low 152.62
Previous Monthly High 155.94
Previous Monthly Low 151.32
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 153.02
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 153.42
Daily Pivot Point S1 152.02
Daily Pivot Point S2 151.33
Daily Pivot Point S3 150.3
Daily Pivot Point R1 153.74
Daily Pivot Point R2 154.76
Daily Pivot Point R3 155.45

 

 

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