GBP/USD pulls back from 1.2415 to 1.2428, up 0.05% on a day, while heading into the London open on Friday. Even so, the Cable keeps the intraday range between 1.2415 and 1.2430 by the press time. Although the US dollar’s mild weakness seems to benefit the quote off-late, a lack of market liquidity seems to curb the moves amid a light calendar.
The US dollar index (DXY), a gauge of the greenback versus the major currencies, eases from a four-day top to 97.36, down 0.03%, as we write. An increase in the US coronavirus (COVID-19) cases seems to exert downside pressure on the USD. As per the State Health Department, new cases surged to the fresh record high of 39,327 on Thursday versus 38,115 the last. Amid the rising numbers, Texas Governor ordered a pause to all reopening plans.
Not only in the US, but Britain also flashed red signals after PM Boris Johnson eased lockdown restrictions. The latest data suggest 149 virus-related deaths. The same put the Tory leader’s push for normal conditions in danger despite a wide appreciation of the UK’s tracking system and efforts to find the vaccine.GBP/USD
Other than the virus woes, Brexit is also probing the pair’s momentum. UK’s Chief Negotiator David Frost again criticized the European push during Thursday while describing the expectations for the key departure talks starting from Monday. “For the first time since March, Brexit negotiators will meet face to face in Brussels and then London. These meetings will be smaller and focused on seeing whether we can begin to make genuine and rapid progress towards an agreement. This needs to be a real negotiation and some of the EU’s unrealistic positions will have to change if we are to move forward,” said the diplomat.
Additionally, the US threats to levy tariffs on the EU/UK goods and fears of no Britain-Tokyo deal in the stipulated six weeks add pressure on the market sentiment. It’s worth mentioning that the hopes of a Value Added Tax (VAT) adding strength to the Cable also waned recently after the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), a leading UK think-tank, warned against a temporary cut.
Against this backdrop, the US 10-year Treasury yields consolidate earlier losses near 0.68% whereas stocks in Asia also print mild gain as we write.
Given the lack of major data/events from the UK, the pair traders may keep eyes on the risk catalysts for fresh impetus. Among them, Brexit headlines might gain major attention ahead of Monday’s talks. On the other hand, the US Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index and Personal Consumption Expenditure and Personal Income details might entertain traders during the US session. Read More…………