Watching the Daily GBP/JPY Channel
06/08/2010 12:01 am EST
Price action on GBP/JPY, a daily chart of which is shown, has been following a leg of a long-term overall downtrend for about a year now.
(Price on 1st pane, Slow Stochastics on 2nd pane; horizontal support/resistance levels in yellow; uptrend lines in green; downtrend lines in red; chart patterns in white; 50-period simple moving average in light blue.)
This downtrend leg is framed by a rough parallel downtrend channel. Recently, within the context of this downtrend channel, price has been in the process of making a bullish correction after hitting a 15-month low around 126.70 in late May.
This correction is represented by an intra-channel uptrend support line. Within the context of the strong current downtrend, a key bearish trigger to watch for would be a strong breakdown below the noted intra-channel uptrend line.
A near-term breakdown and close below this line, and below the key 132.00 support/resistance region, could potentially prompt prices to begin re-targeting the noted long-term support low in the 126.70 price region.
By James Chen, chief technical strategist, FXSolutions.com