Poor US data, slow vaccine distribution, rising virus cases worsened the market sentiment and underpinned safe-haven currencies like the USD, and JPY.
Trade the GBP on the news
Services sector represents the biggest part of the British economy. As a result, its performance makes the key contribution to the nation’s economic growth. UK services PMI will be released at 11:30 MT time on October 3. The last time the indicator was released on September 5. Back then the index turned out to be much higher than expected (54.3 versus the forecast of just 53.9). GBP/USD went up after the release from support at 1.28. The day’s high was at 1.2980.
• If services PMI is bigger than expected, the GBP will rise.
• If services PMI is smaller than expected, the GBP will fall.
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.
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The Canadian central bank will make a monetary policy report and announce interest rates on Wednesday, January 20, at 17:00 MT time. Also, the BOC press conference will be held later.
USD’s rally takes a pause, while riskier assets are modestly rising.