GBP/JPY on a sideways move; 23.6% Fibonacci appears to be strong support.
GBP/JPY has been on a sideways move for the most part of the week as the 23.6% Fibonacci retracement level of the up leg from 132.48 to 148.85, around 145.00 and the 200-day simple moving average seem to be critical obstacles for the bears. From the technical point of view, the price could lose some momentum in the short-term as the RSI is flattening below the 50
Another rebound on the 23.6% Fibonacci could send prices again towards the immediate resistance of 147.00, surpassing the 20- and 40-day SMA. Should the price overcome that handle, resistance could run up to the 148.40 level and also the four-month high of 148.85 which may also prove a challenge for traders.
Alternatively, if 145.00 proves easy to get through, the spotlight will turn to the 200-day SMA currently at 144.60 and then at the 143.70 – 144.10 area; a former support zone in March. Below that, the bears would need to clear this area to push back the price towards the 38.2% Fibonacci of 142.60.
In the medium-term picture, GBP/JPY should resume its upside trend above the four-month high of 148.85, however, a dive below the 38.2% Fibonacci would bring the bearish outlook into play.
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