Brexit Deal "Realistic" in 6-8 Weeks, GBP Outperforms - US Market Open
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MARKET DEVELOPMENT – BREXIT DEAL IN A MONTH IS REALISTIC SAYS BARNIER
GBP: Yet again the Pound has received a boost by EU’s Barnier with the Chief Brexit Negotiator stating that a Brexit deal within 6-8 weeks is realistic. As such, the Pound cleared 1.30 against the greenback breaking above the August 30th high at 1.3043, while EURGBP saw a dip below 0.89. As mentioned previously, risk-reward continues to favour GBP upside.
SEK: The Swedish Krona is notably firmer amid an unwind of the political risk premium after gains for the nationalist and anti-immigration party Sweden Democrats party were smaller than what had been predicted by several polls. While the Swedish election has led to a political gridlock with weeks if not months to form a government, market fears have ultimately eased with the Sweden Democrats receiving less support than expected.
CHF: The Swiss Franc is underperforming this morning with EURCHF climbing back above 1.12. Renewed optimism regarding Italy’s new government would be prudent with its fiscal policies prompted a narrowing of the Bund-BTP spread, which now stands at 235bps. Consequently, the risk premium attached to Italy has eased, which in turn has sparked outflows from the typically safe haven Swiss Franc.
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GBPUSD: Data shows 65.4% of traders are net-long with the ratio of traders long to short at 1.89 to 1. In fact, traders have remained net-long since Apr 20 when GBPUSD traded near 1.40768; price has moved 8.0% lower since then. The number of traders net-long is 8.8% lower than yesterday and 12.8% lower from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 5.2% lower than yesterday and 13.7% lower from last week.
We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-long suggests GBPUSD prices may continue to fall. Positioning is less net-long than yesterday but more net-long from last week. The combination of current sentiment and recent changes gives us a further mixed GBPUSD trading bias.
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