By Ric Spooner, Chief Market Analyst, CMC Markets Australia
It’s been a rough week for the Pound. Last weekend’s announcement that 23 June has been set as the date for the UK to vote on a proposal to leave the EU has created a lot of uncertainty. Markets are very unclear about what this might mean for both the UK and European economies. There looks like being plenty of volatility over coming months.
The Pound has lost 10% against $US since it fell away from its 200 day moving average on 19 November. This decline looks to me to have and Elliot 5 wave structure and I’ve labelled it on the chart below.
There can be no certainty that the 5th wave has finished. However, one technique for identifying possible turning points is to look for clusters of Fibonacci projections.
The Pound hit one of these clusters on Wednesday and it’s paused there since. This cluster projects that the final “4” to “5” swing
A 127% expansion of the correction from “3” back up to “4”
and 8% of the swing down form the 200 day moving average to “3”
I will be waiting for confirmation of a trend change here i.e. I will want to see a move past Wednesday’s high meaning that the daily candles are making both higher lows and higher highs.
If the pound does the opposite and moves below Wednesday’s low first, the potential rebound could be negated. If a rally does get under way from this cluster level, we could see a minimum 38.2% retracement of the whole 5 swing decline up to around 1.4430.