Pound jumps on Brexit deal promise
News broke that the EU and UK reached an outline for a Brexit trade deal, allegedly coming to an agreement over heavily contested fishing rights. The pound neared YTD highs, and the euro held steady. The dollar edged lower versus most G-10 currencies as Nancy Pelosi and Congress work together to amend the existing stimulus package. Trading is overall light ahead of the Christmas holiday.
December 24, 2020
EUR/USD 1.2191 GBP/USD 1.3602 USD/CAD 1.2828 AUD/USD 0.7603 USD/JPY 103.66 USD/CNH 6.5148 USD/ILS 3.2164 USD/MXN 19.8780 USD/CHF 0.8906 USD/INR 73.54
USDThe dollar lost ground to G-10s including the euro and pound as a Brexit deal sounds imminent. Congress is attempting to find common ground that includes $2,000 direct payments to Americans. Trump has until 12/28 to sign the deal.GBPSterling rallied as news broke that a Brexit deal is within “touching distance” per PM Johnson. The currency is nearing the YTD high previously reached Dec 12th.EUR
The euro posted marginal gains versus the dollar mostly driven by the softer US currency, Brexit deal hopes and month end fixing.CADThe Canadian dollar is up for the second session in a row in broad dollar weakness as oil falls and gold prices climb.ASIA/PACIFIC
The yen ticked up but remains mostly rangebound in light volume. The onshore yuan strengthened slightly to 6.531 per USD. China kicked off an investigation into Alibaba and alleged monopolistic practices sending the stock of the tech giant down more than 8%.
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