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Pound Is Rising Against Euro and Dollar
2021-10-01 • Updated
After GBP/USD hit the lowest level since December 2020, it has reversed up and gained some strength. It has managed to break above the psychological mark of 1.3500. A short pullback to 1.3500 may happen after such as strong breakout. However, the rally should last for longer. The doors to the high of September 29 at 1.3550 are open. The breakout above it will push the pair up to the psychological mark of 1.3600. Support levels are at the recent lows of 1.3450 and 1.3415.
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