Sterling and FTSE 100 – News, Prices and Analysis:
GBP/USD Edging Higher Despite PM Fears
GBP/USD bounced off the 1.2200/1.2210 area in early trade, despite weekend news that UK PM Boris Johnson had been hospitalized with ongoing coronavirus symptoms. PM Johnson has been in self-isolation for the last week, but doctors sent the PM to hospital due to an ongoing high temperature. The Prime Minister will continue to lead the country while Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is expected to chair today’s COBRA meeting.
GBP/USD remains under pressure and further downside may be seen after a negative ‘death-cross’ -50dma through 200-dma – appeared on the chart just over a week ago. The pair remain rangebound with the March 27 bullish candle continuing to set the range of 1.2144 to 1.2482.
GBP/USD Daily Price Chart (September 2019 – April 6, 2020)
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FTSE 100 Rallies as Data Shows Coronavirus Slowing in Europe.
European stock markets are all in positive territory today after the recent data showed the coronavirus fatality rate in Europe slowing. While more data is needed to confirm the slowdown in the fatality rate, and the numbers remain worryingly high, the glimpse of good news has pushed the FTSE back above 5,500, breaking its recent series of lower highs. There is also a bullish flag formation being broken which suggest the index may look to re-test the 5,830 triple-top.
FTSE 100 Daily Price Chart (July 2019 – April 6, 2020)
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