UK Preliminary Quarterly GDP is out on Thursday at 09:00 MT time.
UK pound strengthens on Brexit vote defeat
On Wednesday, the UK currency managed to strengthen after a dive overnight when the British main legislative body overwhelmingly voted down the country’s Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit agreement, thus contributing to uncertainties surrounding Great Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.
As a matter of fact, the currency pair GBP/USD hit 1.2862 having tumbled to 1.2667 late on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, the UK parliament voted 432-202 against her deal, which appears to be the worst parliamentary defeat for the country’s cabinet in recent UK history.
The UK pound had gone down over 1% versus the evergreen buck in the wake of the vote, before bouncing off because the sizable defeat for the country’s Prime Minister was making the United Kingdom pursue different options.
However, there’re also fears that the given result may provoke political upheaval, which could result in a disorderly Brexit.
As some financial analysts explained, while the margin of Prime Minister’s loss appeared to be a surprise, but the defeat itself was something financial markets had been pricing in for a long time. As a result, traders covered their short positions in the UK currency following the vote.
March 29 turns out to be the deadline for Brexit, although with the clock rapidly ticking down an extension of the deadline currently seems more probable.
The UK pound was nearly intact versus the common currency. The currency pair EUR/GBP demonstrated a reading of 0.8874.
The euro stood still versus the greenback. The currency pair EUR/USD showed 1.1419.
As for the Japanese yen, it surged a bit versus the evergreen buck. The currency pair USD/JPY went down by nearly 0.12% being worth 108.53.
Gauging the evergreen buck’s actual purchasing power against its main peers the USD index tumbled by about 0.18% being worth 95.50.
Poor US data, slow vaccine distribution, rising virus cases worsened the market sentiment and underpinned safe-haven currencies like the USD, and JPY.
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.