GBP/USD needs to move beyond 1.3310 to support prospects for further gains

GBP/USD regained positive traction on Friday and moved back closer to weekly tops as bulls seemed unaffected and largely shrugged off not so positive Brexit developments, FXStreet’s Haresh Menghani reports.  

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“The British pound was underpinned by Friday’s stronger-than-expected UK macro data. In fact, the headline retail sales recorded a growth of 1.2% MoM in October as against consensus estimates pointing to a flat reading. Meanwhile, the core retail sales (stripping the auto motor fuel sales) also came in better-than-expected and stood at 1.3% MoM during the reported month.”

“The EU negotiating team reportedly briefed envoys of the bloc’s 27 member states that Brexit talks remain unresolved on three main issues – level playing field, fisheries and state-aid rules. In the absence of any major market-moving economic releases from the US, the incoming Brexit-related headlines will continue to play a key role in driving the near-term sentiment surrounding the major.”

“It will be prudent to wait for some follow-through buying beyond the 1.3300-1.3310 region before positioning for any further near-term appreciating move. A convincing breakthrough will be seen as a fresh trigger for bullish traders and set the stage for a move towards September daily closing highs, around the 1.3385 region, en-route the 1.3400 mark. On the flip side, immediate support is pegged near the 1.3250-45 region ahead of 1.3220 level (200-hour EMA) and the overnight swing lows, around the 1.3195 zone.”

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