GBP/JPY in a Bullish Continuation Breakout; 172.74 in Sight

GBP/JPY in a Bullish Continuation Breakout; 172.74 in Sight

Bullish Breakout:
The GBP/JPY is start the 5/27 Asian session with a bullish continuation breakout.

GBP/JPY 1H chart
gbpjpy 0527 1h

The first bullish breakout you can see in the 1H chart happened last week, with a break above the 171 area. The 5/27 begins with a breakout above 171.85 which was last week’s high.

GBP/JPY 4H chart
gbpjpy 4h chart 5/27

The 4H chart shows that the breakout also pushes GBP/JPY above a falling trendline from the May-high of 173.45.

The current breakout first opens up the 172.74 resistance area before the 173.45 May high

Bullish vs. Bearish Scenario:
If upon a subsequent pullback, a dip breaks below 171.50, which is the central pivot of the broken consolidation, then the bullish outlook remains in play.

A break below 171.50 however reflects a market that is showing respect to the previous head and shoulders pattern. In this bearish scenario, the 170.00 handle comes into play.

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