Brexit surrenders to Trump and GBP/USD falls
Are markets beginning to ignore Brexit? Recent movements in suggest that events outside the UK seem to have a growing impact while headlines from cross-party talks are being ignored.
A high-level Chinese delegation will meet its US counterpart in Washington later today. President Donald Trump said that “China broke the deal” and referred to its backtracking on commitments related to intellectual property and other topics. The Administration has already published a notice regarding new tariffs which will come into effect on Friday.
Concerns about trade weigh on sentiment and support the safe-haven US dollar. In addition, the greenback gains on reports that North Korea fired another missile. The escalation in the Korean peninsula is also a concern.
And finally, it’s time to talk about Brexit. Talks between the government and the opposition were reportedly “on the verge of collapse” on Wednesday. Later, both parties issued more upbeat statements, expressing optimism on striking a deal.
The UK will participate in the European Parliament elections on May 26th. The next deadline is only July 2nd when the new parliament convenes for the first time. The UK wants to exit the EU by then. However, the early July date is only an artificial deadline as the current date is October 31st.
Overall, all eyes are on Washington, where the outcome of trade talks will determine the next moves in all markets.
GBP/USD Technical Analysis
GBP/USD is trading lower, and Momentum on the four-hour is negative, showing it has more room to fall. The currency pair also lost the 200 Simple Moving Average after falling below the 50 and 100 SMAs. All in all, the outlook is negative.
Below the battle line of 1.2990 which was a swing low last week, cable has support at 1.2960 which was the low point in March. It is followed by 1.2920 which capped GBP/USD in late April and 1.2870, the low point in April.
Some resistance awaits at 1.3035 which separated ranges of late. Further above, 1.3080 was a high point earlier this week, and 1.3130 was a swing high last week.