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Better risk sentiment prevailing

Thursday 6 February 2020

Markets seem to be ignoring the Coronavirus concerns for the moment, or at least bored by it, and with reports out in Asian trading that China plans to halve some of the additional tariffs imposed on $75bln of US goods plus some positive talk on trade we've seen a further return to risk-on sentiment. FX markets always fickle and never more so than at the present time.

GBPUSD yesterday fell to test support around 1.2950 again helped by reports that the EU was looking to amend MIFID at the expense of some UK concessions. Decent demand down there still though and we've been back above 1.3000 on some renewed GBPJPY demand but down again this morning to post 1.2972. EURGBP duly failed above 0.8485 again (I mentioned yesterday I regard the area as pivotal) but the bids at 30-35 provided a decent base again too. GBPJPY has failed above 143.30 again but now finding some risk-on support at 142.50-60.

I stay poised to sell GBP rallies and buy back in the dips as ever.Still ranging overall. Rinse n repeat.

EURUSD remains tightly bound amid the cross currency plays and option expiries but undermined still by its current funding currency status. Today we have decent expiry interest between 1.1030-40 which should help cap.

USDJPY remains underpinned by the risk-on demand and better US data yesterday and now posted 110.14 highs. Sellers still poised though into 110.30. EURJPY also underpinned but gains tempered by a soggy EURUSD.USDCHF duly found support at 0.9680 again then 0.9720 helped by EURCHF demand too amid the better risk plays.

AUDUSD has fallen after those 0.6774 highs but finding dip demand around 0.6740 helped by AUDJPY buying.USDCAD has failed to hold above 1.3300 yet again with some CADJPY demand still helping to cap but equally not coming back down too far on some general USD demand.

Fickle Forex markets ever prevailing so be ready to jump on moves with your entry/exit levels and orders as always.

Have a good day out there one and all.

Interbank rates: 08.15  GMT

GBPUSD   1.2988

EURUSD   1.1002

EURGBP   0.8469

GBPEUR   1.1806

GBPAUD   1.9243

GBPCAD   1.7244

GBPJPY   142.72

USDJPY   109.90

EURJPY   120.93

EURCHF   1.0715

AUDUSD   0.6751

USDCAD   1.3276

USDCHF   0.9738

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