Sterling has been blasted lower after BoE governor Carney cast doubt on a previously pretty-much-expected UK May rate hike. The EU's rejection of Britain's latest Brexit-Irish border plan only served to deepen the rot.
Short term
Trade view / 20 June 2016 at 14:36 GMT

GBPUSD's big rally seems overdone

FX Trade Strategist /
Instrument: GBPUSD
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Background:  Is that it? A slight tremor in Brexit poll results may has given the Remain side the lead but is the seismic shift in GBPUSD sentiment warranted?  The Financial Times poll of polls, as of June 20 has the vote tied at 44% each which is still a coin toss. Absolutely nothing has been resolved, yet GBPUSD has climbed from 1.4008 on Thursday to 1.4667 on Monday.

The rally has stalled at resistance in the 1.4690-1.4770 zone which represents a downtrend line from September 2015, another downtrend from the end of December, both of which guard a double top from May.

Saxo Bank’s Head of Commodity Strategy, Ole Hansen notes in his article today: COT: Funds sold USD into strength last week, that GBPUSD positions are at record levels.

That implies that there is ample ammunition for a massive move in either direction when the Brexit results are known. It also means that there is lots of room for additional movement on poll results prior to Thursday.

The magnitude of the GBPUSD rally and the proximity to long -erm resistance suggests that the Monday rally is vulnerable to a correction

Management and risk description

This is a risky trade has neither fundamentals or technicals have any real bearing on GBPUSD movement.  All moves a poll-fueled which will be the case until the referendum results are tabulated.  This trade is based on the idea that the rally is overdone and that GBPUSD will consolidate at lower levels ahead of Thursday.


Entry Sell 1/3 of usual position size of GBPUSD at market (currently 1.4657) 1/3 at 1.4720 and 1/3 at 1.4770 – If all orders completed, the average rate is 1.4715.

Stop: 1.4810

Target: 1.4250

Time horizon Close of business June 22, 2016

Chart GBPUSD 30 minute with take profit level noted
Source: Saxo Bank

Chart GBPUSD 4 hour with Fibonacci retracement levels 
Source: Saxo Bank

Chart: GBPUSD daily with long-term downtrend and stop loss shown  
Source: Saxo Bank Chart:

GBPUSD 5 year daily with moving averages
Source: Saxo Bank

— Edited by Clare MacCarthy

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