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Forex: GBP/USD tests 1.5300 for support against more downside

Governor Mervyn King's wishes of more QE at the last MPC meeting wore defeated in a 6-3 vote to keep things as they are, but the British Pound was object of massive selling as this information was released in the BoE meeting minutes.

The GBP/USD is falling from 1.5440 and dropped across the chart to test the 1.5300 handle for support. UK labor data shows a higher ILO unemployment rate from 7.7% to 7.8%. However, there were 12.5K less claimants in January, instead of -5K as expected, pushing the rate lower from 4.8% to 4.7%.

“The downtrend here is still intact, heading for a break through 1.5390, en route to 1.5250 major support area”, wrote Deltastock.com analyst Stoyan Mihaylov, pointing to 1.5505 intraday high as key resistance.

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The USD/JPY has rallied for some time – over 22% from the 2012 lows to the 2013 highs so far – however suddenly the upward momentum slowed and the this all occurred in the cluster of previous highs from 2009 and 2010 (between 93.75 and 94.77). According to Technical Strategist William Moore at RBS, “The RSI, which is at more stretched levels than it has been for at least 5 years is no longer going up and even begin to look like it’s rolling over. This zone between 93.75 and 94.77 is also exactly where the projected target lies from the inverse head and shoulders target as shown adjacent. It’s possibly too soon to call a reversal of trend but there are more signs now than previously, watch closely for weekly closes sub 92.32 as another sign.”
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