Bearish Divergence and Fib Play on Cable – Winner!

Trade Update: 2011-9-22 1:12

GBP/USD 1-Hour Chart

Success! After hitting my first profit target early in the London trading session yesterday, I decided to finally close my entire position for a huge 325-pip profit! Who’s the… uhh, woman?!?

Hah! Sorry guys, but I am just so happy! My technical and fundamental analyses were spot on and I was able to catch the entire move down. The pound was hit by two big blows, one from the MPC interest rate decision and the other from the Fed’s announcement of Operation Twist.

Just in case you’re wondering, here are the details of my trade:

Shorted at 1.5728 with a 100-pip stop
Closed half at 1.5650: +78 pips / + 0.39%
Closed other half at 1.5481: +247 / +1.24%
Total: +325 pips / 1.63%

Phew! I’m definitely a very happy girl right now! Still, I have to keep my guard up because trading doesn’t end after one trade. I have to keep going and find those great setups to take my account balance even higher!

Trade Idea: 2011-9-21 1:22

GBP/USD 1-Hour Chart

And I’m in! I got tired of sitting in the sidelines so I jumped in and shorted GBP/USD at market when I saw that the 50% Fibonacci retracement level was holding. With Stochastic also showing a bearish divergence, making higher highs while price is making lower highs, I feel that this trade is going to make me a very happy girl.

I have to admit that I’m a bit scared though. I’ve been told that weekend gaps always get filled and as you can see, the one on GBP/USD is still there. So to be safe, I just placed my stop safely above the gap, around 100 pips from my entry.

Fundamentally, I have a bearish bias on the pound too. I believe that the upcoming MPC meeting will be bearish once again. The number of members who wanted a rate hike has fallen to 0 from 2. In addition, there are rumors floating around that another round of quantitative easing is possible.

As for the Greenback, the Fed is expected to opt for Operation Twist instead of good ol’ quantitative easing in its next interest rate setting annoucement. If you want to know more about it, just head on to Forex Gump’s blog. Forex Gump did an excellent preview of the upcoming FOMC statement yesterday.

Just to recap, here’s my plan:

I shorted GBP/USD at market (1.5728) and placed my stop at 1.5830. I’m going to take profit on half of my position at 1.5650. My second profit target will be determined as my trade plays out.



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  • Gordon Gekko

    I think that this is a good set up. There are a lot of indicators justifying the trade. I have opened up this position as well.ย 

  • Gordon Gekko

    Took 35 pips on this trade. Appreciate you sharing your setup

  • huck

    Thanks. Glad I was able to help for some quick pips. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Dimitri Power

    Good trade set up. However, you will be fighting the daily chart, for which MACD shows that down side has run its course for now.

  • Jฤnis Pusplatais

    56 pips in my bag ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for your idea!

    BTW – did anyone jumped in similar setup for EUR/USD?

  • Craig Jc

    Huck thats awesome! Congrats on the success of your trade ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Nihalbhat

    that was a corker of a decision. it is good to trade in the direction of the trend(down) which u did. this is why the trade is a success, you waited for a retracement, then shorted. thanks

  • huck

    Wow, I’m flattered. Thank you guys!

  • crazysac99

    Hey, Huck. What were you talking about when you said, “I’ve been told that weekend gaps always get filled”? Sick trade and I’m trying to understand everything that went into it. Thanks!