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Market update: British pound stabilises as retail traders slowly increase bearish GBP/USD exposure

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The British pound has been stabilising against US dollar, while retail traders have been slowing becoming bearish and the GBP/USD keeps investors guessing.


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Daniel Dubrovsky | Currency Analyst, DailyFX, San Francisco | Publication date: Thursday 14 September 2023 04:56

GBP/USD sentiment outlook: bullish

The British pound has been marking time in recent weeks, pausing a slow and steady decline against the US dollar since July. That said, retail traders are reducing downside exposure of late. This can be seen by looking at IG Client Sentiment (IGCS), which often functions as a contrarian indicator. With that in mind, will Sterling reverse higher?

The IGCS gauge shows that about 62% of retail traders are net-long GBP/USD. Since most of them are biased to the upside, this still hints that prices may continue falling down the road.

But, downside exposure has increased by 5.22% and 9.71% compared to yesterday and last week, respectively. With that in mind, recent changes in exposure are hinting that prices may soon reverse higher.

IG Client Sentiment chart


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British pound technical analysis

On the daily chart, GBP/USD remains technically biased lower in the aftermath of confirming a breakout under a bearish Head-and-Shoulders chart formation. But, since then, prices have been stabilising around the 200-day moving average (MA). The latter is thus maintaining the dominant upside focus.

A turn higher from here would place the focus on the neckline of the chart formation around 1.2592. Confirming a breakout above this point would undermine the Head-and-Shoulders, exposing the left shoulder around 1.2848.
Otherwise, breaking under the 200-day MA exposes the May low of 1.2308 as subsequent support.

GPD/USD daily chart


GBP_daily_chart_140923.pngSource: TradingView




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