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PM Boris Johnson moved to intensive care, GBP fluctuates

business-articlesPM Boris Johnson moved to intensive care, GBP fluctuates
  • UK PM admitted to intensive care
  • German factory orders and industrial output decline
  • US dollar falls as risk appetite returns
Pound recovers initial losses after PM moved to intensive care
Support for the pound weakened yesterday in the wake of a sharp decline in the GfK consumer confidence index.
Sentiment plunged to -34, increasing concerns about the UK’s economic outlook.
Later in the evening the pound came under additional pressure as the Prime Minister was moved to intensive care as a precautionary measure.
Sterling recovered much of its losses overnight however and has surged against a broadly weakening US dollar.
Euro pressured by declining German factory orders
While the euro has benefited from the decline in the US dollar, the currency’s gains have been capped by a decline in German factory orders and construction output.
The common currency has dipped against the pound and higher-risk currencies like the Australian and New Zealand dollars, but has strengthened by over half a cent against the US dollar.
Rising risk appetite weakens US dollar
The US dollar plummeted against its major rivals as risk appetite returned to the currency market.
Demand for safe-haven assets fell as China reported no new coronavirus fatalities, while Italy and Spain both registered a decline in new cases.   
As long as reports support the hope that the crisis has plateaued in some areas the US dollar could extend losses in the days ahead.
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