The European Central Bank (ECB) has raised interest rates by 25 basis points, marking its tenth consecutive rate hike since July 2022 and bringing the total increase to 450 basis points. The ECB is primarily concerned about high inflation levels, both current and projected, with concerns extending into the future.
GBP/USD: key technical levels
2019-11-11 • Updated
BUY 1.2505; TP 1.2700; SL 1.2485
SELL 1.2485; TP1 1.2440; TP2 1.2390; SL 1.2500
GBP/USD is having a third bullish week in a row. The pair has reached our previous buy target at 1.25 and may be up for more given its clear attempt to form a base around 1.20 and the previous break above 1.23. In the short-term, the pair may test lower levels as there's bearish divergence on the H4. The key level for the upside is 1.25 (100-day MA, previous week's highs): the decline there may attract new buyers that will aim at 1.2700/30. If, however, GBP/USD slides below 1.2490, it will be the time for selling with targets at 1.2440 and 1.2390.
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