The Great Britain Pound (GBP) inched higher against the US Dollar (USD) on Friday, increasing the price of GBPUSD to more than 1.2700 following some key economic events. The technical bias has however turned bearish because of a lower low in the recent upside rally.
As of this writing, the pair is being traded near 1.2702. A support can be noted around 1.2700 (a psychological number) ahead of 1.2634 (the low of the last major downside move) and then 1.2500 (the confluence of horizontal support as well as psychological number) as demonstrated in the given below chart.
On the upside, a hurdle may be noted around 1.2997 (a short-term horizontal resistance area) ahead of 1.3047 (the high of the recent upside wave) and then 1.3100 (the psychological number). The technical bias shall remain bullish as long as the 1.2700 support area is intact.
US Initial Jobless Claims
The number of people who filed for unemployment assistance in the U.S. last week rose more-than-expected, official data showed on Thursday.
In a report, the U.S. Department of Labor said the number of individuals filing for initial jobless benefits last week rose to a seasonally adjusted 241K, from 238K in the preceding week whose figure was revised up from 237K.
Analysts had expected initial jobless claims to rise to 240K last week.
Considering the overall technical and fundamental outlook, buying the pair around current levels may be a good strategy in short to medium term.