The may strengthen as much as 1.5 percent to $1.6425 should it end the day’s trading above a key level of so-called resistance, Commerzbank AG said, citing trading patterns.
Sterling is set to advance to its highest level against the dollar since August if it closes above $1.6167, said Karen Jones, head of fixed-income, commodity and currency technical analysis in London at the bank.
“Pound-dollar is starting to erode the $1.6167 resistance,” Jones wrote in a note to clients today. “This is the October 2011 high and the 61.8 percent retracement of the move seen” in 2011-2012, she said, citing Fibonacci analysis.
The pound appreciated 0.2 percent to $1.6195 at 9:32 a.m. London time, after reaching $1.6207, the highest level since Sept. 2, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The currency pair last traded at $1.6425 on Aug. 29, the data show.
“Today’s close will prove key,” she wrote. “A close above $1.6167 will imply strength to $1.6425.” That level represents the 78.6 percent Fibonacci retracement of the move down from the 2011 peak, according to Jones.
“While above $1.6062 support, the market remains bid,” Jones said. “Only a move back below here alleviates immediate upward pressure.”
Fibonacci analysis is based on the theory that securities tend to rise or fall by specific percentages after reaching a new high or low. A breach of one level often implies an extension of the move to the next.
Resistance refers to an area on a chart where technical analysts anticipate orders to sell a security to be clustered. A support level is an area where they anticipate buy orders will be grouped. In technical analysis, investors and analysts study charts of trading patterns to forecast changes in a security, commodity, currency or index.