The British pound finished the week as a net winner after mixed priced action mostly driven global risk sentiment. It was an optimistic vibe through most of the week until everything turned sour on Thursday thanks to geopolitical headlines and weakening global economic data.
Sterling’s performance was a little surprising given the light economic calendar and new cycle from the UK, which was more negative than positive weak retail sales and credit data, and growing Brexit risk.
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We saw a positive lean in global risk sentiment at the beginning of the week as more countries were looking at re-opening their economies. This was a likely contributor to the mixed performance in Sterling (lower against the comdolls, higher against the “safe haven” currencies) through the Thursday session.
Sterling rallied against the higher-yielding currencies on Thursday, likely on rising negative risk sentiment starting in the London session on negative economic updates from Europe (GDP down by 3.8% in the euro area and by 3.5% in the EU), negative outlook from the ECB monetary policy statement, and possibly on some negative commentary from two of the largest companies in the world (Amazon and Apple) taking down U.S. equities.