UK Preliminary Quarterly GDP is out on Thursday at 09:00 MT time.
Pound dropped as Boris Johnson’s health got worse
Instruments to trade: GBP/USD, EUR/GBP, GBP/AUD, GBP/CAD
Almost two weeks ago Boris Johnson tested positive for the virus, yesterday his health deteriorated and he was placed in the intensive care. As a result, after such negative news the British pound plummeted dramatically today.
It created a political uncertainty in UK, as it would make things even more complicated than it was in such a fragile period for the country as struggling with the coronavirus and getting ready for future Brexit trade negotiations.
All the confidence that the British pound gained at the start of the week was immediately vanished. The market reacted so fast as the virus spread could be shrinking in the USA and Europe, and risk appetite of investors became stronger.
Let’s look at the EUR/GBP chart. The pair had been declining since March 19. However, it hit the 200-day Moving Average at the point of 0.8755 or 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level on March 3. Then it reversed and went upward. The resistant line is on 50% Fibonacci level or the 0.89 mark. The next one is on 38.2% or 0.905.
The European Central Bank will publish the monetary policy statement with the interest rate decision on January 21, at 14:45 MT time.
Joe Biden is going to unveil a Covid-19 relief package of about $2 trillion. After this announcement, the 10-year Treasury yield rose, adding support for the USD.
The US dollar’s weakness offered a boost to emerging-market currencies and oil.