Technical Analysis – GBPCAD picks up some upside momentum; outlook still bearish

Raffi Boyadjian, XM Investment Research Desk

GBPCAD has been on a downtrend since the beginning of May, sliding to a two-year low of 1.5874 on Friday. The downside pressure has eased somewhat this week with momentum indicators pointing to a weak positive movement. The RSI is rising but has some way to go before escaping out of bearish territory above 50. The stochastic oscillator is also signalling an improved bias in the short term, with the %K line crossing above the %D line, though they both remain close to oversold territory.

For the pair to gain further positive traction, prices would need to first recover above the 20-day moving average in the 1.6140 region, which is not too far from the early July swing low of 1.6144. A successful climb above this zone would shift the near-term bearish bias to a bullish one. This would then bring into focus three Fibonacci retracement levels of the upleg from 1.6144 to 1.6440: the 78.6% Fibo at 1.6208, the 61.8% Fibo at 1.6257 and the 50% Fibo at 1.6292.

A break above the 50% Fibonacci would clear the way for the 50-day moving average (currently at 1.6423) and this could mark the start of a switch in the medium-term outlook from bearish to neutral.

However, if the positive momentum fizzles out, prices are likely to seek support initially at the 200% Fibonacci extension at 1.5848. A drop below this level would reinforce the bearish picture and the bears would next target the 238.2% Fibonacci at 1.5735 and the 261.8% Fibonacci at 1.5665.