Mark Carney, who is currently the governor of the Bank of Canada was appointed as the next governor of the Bank of England, replacing Mervyn King:

The BoC has an unexpected vacant post, which it formed a special committee to recruit for.

GBP/CAD 1H Chart 11/26/2012 11:05AM EDT

GBP/CAD 11/26/2012 1H chart

Breakout: The sterling reacted positively to the surprising news. Compared to the loonie, it broke above a recent consolidation range as seen in the 1H GBP/CAD chart. It has already been in a slightly bullish channel since last week, but the RSI has been mostly held under 60, a sign that the previous bearish momentum was still intact, until the reaction to today’s BoE news. The GBP/CAD breaks the near-term range, and tags 1.5950.

Retracement targets: When you look at the 4H chart, you see that this is 38.2% retracement of a downswing late Oct-early Nov. The market has been consolidating for a while now, with resistance at 1.60, near the 50% retracement. Looking at the 4H RSI, the development is similar to that in the 1H chart, where the preceding bearish momentum is lost as the reading pushes above 60. A slightly more aggressive retracement target could be the 61.8% level at 1.6040.

At this point, a break below 1.59 should be seen as a strong bearish attempt that shelves the retracement outlook. A break below the channel we see in the 1H chart opens up the lows around 1.5850 down to the 1.5814 low.

GBP/CAD 11/26/2012 4H chart

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