Cross-Eyeing: Range Play on EUR/GBP – Took Profit

Trade Closed: 2011-08-25 01:55

EUR/GBP 1-hour chart

Oh the sweet taste of victory!

First, lemme give you a heads up on what has happened on EUR/GBP the past couple of days. We initially saw more ranging on the pair, as liquidity was as thin as Happy Pip earlier in the week. However, thanks to some dovish comments by MPC member Martin Weale and some stop hunting, we saw the pound drop across the board late yesterday. Naturally, this got me pumped up, as EUR/GBP FINALLY broke past tough resistance around .8750.

Now that the pair is finding resistance at the top WATR and the .8800 handle, I think it’s time to close the door on this trade and book me some nice profits on my remaining position. I don’t know what’s gonna happen during the Jackson Symposium, so it may be better to just chill out right now. Plus, I’m not liking the doji and Stochastic on EUR/GBP’s 4-hour chart.

1st position closed at .8740 : +70 pips / +0.26%
2nd position closed at .8800 : +130 pips / +1.03%

Just so you know, my second position was slightly bigger than the 1st one, which explains why I gained so much more on that one. If there’s one thing I like about how I handled this trade, it’s how I adjusted to market circumstances throughout the trade. I accounted for what was being priced in, and took profit when it seemed like a resistance level was holding. Overall, a pretty solid trade and I’m pleased with the results. Not bad for a couple weeks of tight consolidation!

For those of you who joined me on this trade and took home some profits as well, high five! Or in my case, high four! Way to go playaz!

Trade Updated: 2011-08-23 03:08

EUR/GBP 1-hour chart

I got triggered late last week and that support area between .8650 and .8700 held pretty nicely. Unfortunately for me, the pair couldn’t break past minor resistance at .8750.

Instead of worrying over a few pips, I locked in some profits and closed about 40% of my position (my broker requires me to have a minimum amount of units). Anyway, I’ve moved my stop to breakeven and now, so I’m trading on the house! Oh yeah baby, a free ride!

For those of you who joined me on this trade and are still holding on, be informed that we’ve got some data (check the BabyPips.com calendar yo!) that could push this pair around a bit. As I speak, euro zone PMI reports are being released, but the report I’m keeping an eye out on for today are the German and euro zone ZEW economic surveys.

The German one in particular is expected to choke like Lebron in the 4th quarter, from a score of -15.1 last month to -24.8 in today’s release, so I may decide to close my position earlier and lock in more profits. Nothing wrong with making adjustments on the fly right?

Hopefully, this works out for all of us. Good luck to everyone!

Trade Idea: 2011-08-18 02:15

When fundamentals and technicals align for a trade setup, you know Cyclopip’s down for it!

EUR/GBP 1-hour chart

EUR/GBP has been trading sideways for the past two months, and I think now’s a good chance to capitalize on it. As you can see, price is fast approaching a former support area, which dates way back to May 2011 if you scroll back far enough.

Furthermore, it just so happens that the lower WATR is also in this area. And as for the icing on the cake, Stochastic is already hovering just above oversold territory. Looks like money in the bank, son!

Fundamentally speaking, I don’t see how the pound can sustain its rally. You only need to look at yesterday’s reports to understand why I feel this way. Employment data was disgustingly ugly, and for the first time in a long time, the MPC unanimously agreed to keep interest rates steady.

Yes, I understand that the U.K. retail sales report is due in just a few hours and that it could cause a bit of volatility. But I did my research, and judging by some of the past releases, the retail sales report doesn’t usually result in big one-directional moves.

And even if the actual results exceed expectations, I doubt it’ll be enough to break this critical support area on EUR/GBP. Truth be told, I’m actually sort of hoping that the report prints better than expected, as it would help me get triggered.

Anyway, here’s how I set up this trade:

Long EUR/GBP at .8670, stop loss at .8600, PT1 at .8758, PT1 at .8887.

I’m hoping to enter in that sweet spot between the PWL and WATR. I placed my stop below May’s low at .8600. And I set two profit targets- a conservative one at the WO (.8758), and a more aggressive one at the PWH (.8887).

What do you guys think? Let me know by dropping me some comments below, or giving me a shoutout on Twitter or on Facebook! Peace!


  • Mason

    Excellent call!  You now have my full attention.  I am fairly new to FOREX, but I can recognize a winner when I see one.
    I’ll be on your blog, and hopefully learn a thing or two.
    I certainly wish I had saw this call yesterday.

    • cyclopip

      Thanks for the encouraging words, mate. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of other trading opportunities. Maybe we can bounce some ideas off each other in the future. Good luck out there!

      • Pip Ant

        Hi there. Congrats for the nice website and blog. Do you have a trading performance since you began?^

  • Gerrieventer

    I’m in the process of learning the forex trade. I want to ask you a stupid question if I may. If you invest .8400 how do you take profit at .8280 with stop-loss at .8440? To my reasoning you lose if you pay .8400 for something and later sell for .8280. Maybe you can safe me out of my misery without shooting me. Thanks
    Gerrie Venter

    • Guest

      The point is: on forex market we may start selling or buying. So he sold at .8400 and then bought at .8280.

  • Aman

    I was reading some Information before here: link to wursta.blogspot.com,  and I did like this post as well, and if there are some more post or information related to the charts…let me know ! Cheers folkss

  • Anto Gj

    Got 76 pips here, thanks… You have a new follower :)