The market sentiment improved amid the slowdown in virus cases. Let's have a closer look at the AUD, S&P 500, gold and the GBP.
Will the GBP get stronger on PMIs?
UK Services and Manufacturing PMIs are announced on Friday at 11:30 MT time.
Instruments to trade: EUR/GBP, GBP/USD, GBP/JPY, GBP/CHF
The GBP is in a hard position now – as it apparently will be during the entire 2020. On the one hand, the British authorities are coming up with strong monetary stimulus and other measures to fight off the virus fallout and jump-start the UK economy. On the other hand, Boris Johnson’s stance in Brexit negotiations is becoming more and more rigid. In the meantime, the British economy is contracting in almost all spheres at a frightening pace. Although the situation has been somewhat stabilizing since April, the latest PMI results are still below the key mark of 50.0 that would signal the industry expansion. Therefore, some good news from this front would definitely help the GBP to stay afloat.
- If the PMIs reveal better-than-thought results, the GBP will rise;
- Otherwise, it will fall.
The RBA will make a rate statement on August 4 at 7:30 MT time.
The overall market sentiment is mixed as new virus cases continue rising throughout the world, but most economic indicators came out better than analysts expected. Let’s look at the main market movements.
The US NFP will be published on August 7 at 15:30 MT time.
The market sentiment is indeed risk-on today. Stocks, riskier currencies and gold are rising amid the waning US dollar.
Follow the BOE monetary policy and rate statements on August 6 at 14:00 MT time…