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Why GBPJPY Plummeted in Friday’s Session?

The GBPJPY cross declined on Friday trading session dragged 0.70% after the price surpassed the psychological barrier of 142, being the highest level reached since early September 2020.

Technical Overview

The GBPJPY cross drops over 100 pips on the last trading session of the week, accumulating a modest advance of 0.02% (YTD) since the yearly opening.


On the fundamental side, the industrial production in the United Kingdom eased 4.7% (YoY) in November 2020, informed the Office for National Statistics on Friday. The reading is worse than the decline of 4.2% expected by analysts. Likewise, both coronavirus lockdown and the Brexit uncertainty contributed to the decline in the industrial output.


On the other hand, the doubts in the fourth quarter 2020 earnings season kick-off and the elected U.S. President Biden’s stimulus plan seem not enough to keep fueling the stock market participants’ euphoric sentiment. This context looks fading the record highs in the stock market, boosting the risk-off bias pushing lower the GBPJPY cross.

The big-picture illustrated in the next daily chart shows the price action moving in the extreme bullish sentiment where the cross ended the Friday session unveiling a bearish engulfing pattern, which carries to expect further declines in the coming trading sessions.

Finally, the piercing below the yearly opening level at 140.779 suggests potential declines during the first quarter of 2021.

Technical Outlook

Our previous analysis saw the progress in a complex correction identified as a double-three pattern (3-3-3). Nevertheless, the corrective rally suggests that the GBPJPY moves in a triple-three formation (3-3-3-3-3), which looks in its terminal stage.

The following 4-hour chart shows the completion of a triple-three pattern of Minute degree labeled in black, which moves inside a wave B of Minor degree identified in green since the cross found support at 133.040 touched in last September 22nd.

The internal structure of wave ((z)) in black shows its last corrective leg corresponding to wave (c) in blue, developing an ending diagonal pattern, which seems finished its wave v of Subminuette degree labeled in green. The breakdown of the guideline that connects the end of waves ii with iv carries to support the ending diagonal pattern’s finalization.

On the other hand, the timing indicator exposes the intraday oversold (see the yellow circle), which leads to the conclusion that the GBPJPY cross should develop an upward retracement as a flag pattern before continuing with its potential further decline.

In summary, the GBPJPY cross plummeted in last Friday’s session dragged by the completion of an ending diagonal pattern, which belongs to wave ((z)) of a triple-three formation, where its upper degree sequence corresponds to wave B of Minor degree. Although the news media continue supporting hopes in the stimulus plan for the U.S. economy, the Elliott wave structure showed by the cross unveils a different story.

According to the Elliott wave theory, the price should develop a downward wave C of Minor degree. The timing oscillator also suggests an intraday upward consolidation likely as a flag pattern before continuing its drops.

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By Eduardo Vargas

Eduardo Vargas is a technical analyst and independent trader based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is an Industrial Engineer and holds a Master in Finance degree. In 2008 began to trade Chilean stocks listed on IPSA. From 2013 started to trade CFDs on Forex, Commodities, Indices and ETFs markets. He analyses different markets combining the Elliott Wave analysis with Fibonacci tools. He provides a market mid-long-term vision.

2 replies on “Why GBPJPY Plummeted in Friday’s Session?”

Hello Khang! I recommend you to read our educacional Elliott wave section, which cover since the R.N. Elliott’s Treatise until the Neely’s work. We also covered the topic How to trade with the Elliott wave principle.

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