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British Pound (GBP) Latest: GBP/USD Easing, FTSE 100 Gaining Ground

British Pound (GBP) Latest: GBP/USD Easing, FTSE 100 Gaining Ground

Martin Essex, MSTA, Analyst

GBP, FTSE 100 prices, news and analysis:

  • Fitch’s downgrade Friday of the UK’s sovereign debt rating to AA- from AA continues to weigh on UK asset prices.
  • While the FTSE 100 index of leading London-listed stocks has steadied, GBP/USD remains under downward pressure.

GBP/USD trending lower

GBP/USD is continuing to ease back Tuesday in the wake of Fitch’s downgrade of the UK’s sovereign debt rating Friday but London’s FTSE 100 index is firmer and EUR/GBP is steady.

China’s better-than-expected manufacturing purchasing managers’ index for March, released Tuesday, came in higher than expected, helping riskier assets like stocks, and the overnight release of a higher-than-expected GfK consumer confidence indicator for the UK in March has also helped boost sentiment. However, GBP/USD is still looking weaker.

GBP/USD Price Chart, 30-Minute Timeframe (March 27-31, 2020)

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By contrast, the FTSE 100 index is firmer Tuesday as stocks benefit from the continuing signs that central banks are ploughing money into the global economy to counter the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

FTSE 100 Price Chart, 30-Minute Timeframe (March 27-31, 2020)

Latest FTSE 100 price chart.

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As for EUR/GBP, that has stabilized although the Euro looks to be marginally firmer against Sterling.

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--- Written by Martin Essex, Analyst and Editor

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