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British Pound (GBP) Latest: FTSE 100 Heading Higher, GBP/USD Flat

British Pound (GBP) Latest: FTSE 100 Heading Higher, GBP/USD Flat

Martin Essex, MSTA, Analyst

GBP, FTSE prices, news and analysis:

  • The FTSE 100 index of the leading London-listed stocks looks to be gaining upward momentum and is well placed to challenge last month’s highs.
  • By contrast, GBP/USD is continuing to consolidate its recent gains as the pair remains technically overbought.

FTSE 100 well placed for further gains

The FTSE 100 index of the major London-listed stocks continues to head higher even as concerns rise about the cost of the economic stimulus programs designed to counter the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. After widespread falls in Asia Wednesday, stocks in several major European markets are firmer in early trade and for the FTSE in particular a return to the July highs now seems possible.

FTSE 100 Price Chart, Daily Timeframe (April 28 – August 5, 2020)

Latest FTSE 100 price chart.

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The highest level reached last month was 6,323.55 touched on July 15 and that now seems a likely target for FTSE bulls. Note too that despite the recent gains by the index, the 14-day relative strength index (RSI) is still nowhere near the 70 level suggesting an overbought market, currently sitting at 48.5.

As for GBP/USD, that continues to trade sideways around the 1.31 level but the pair does still look overbought, with the RSI at 79.9. That implies that any extension of the advance that began at the end of June may have to wait until the current consolidation period is over.

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--- Written by Martin Essex, Analyst and Editor

Feel free to contact me via Twitter @MartinSEssex

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