GBP/USD struggles to sustain recent gains

<p>GBP/USD (daily chart) has thus far sustained its recent gains after having made a major breakout in late November, above several key resistance levels. These […]</p>

GBP/USD (daily chart) has thus far sustained its recent gains after having made a major breakout in late November, above several key resistance levels. These include 1.6260 and the major 1.6300 level, disrupting the trading range that had been in place since mid-September. That trading range resided roughly between the 1.6260 resistance to the upside and 1.5900-area support to the downside, and occurred in the midst of a long and steep bullish trend extending back to July’s 1.4800-area low.

The recent range breakout above the 1.6260-1.6300 resistance zone tentatively confirmed a continuation of the bullish trend and put the pair on track to target the 1.6500 and 1.6750 resistance levels to the upside. The latter part of this past week saw the pair pull back in a flag-like pattern down to key support around the 1.6300 level after hitting a high of 1.6441 early in the week. Major support should continue to reside around the 1.6260-1.6300 prior resistance zone as the pair consolidates further within the flag pattern and potentially prepares for a pattern breakout towards the noted resistance objectives.

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