GBP/USD Forecast: Friday Falling Ahead Of Super Saturday, As US COVID-19 Worries Dominate

Brits will be celebrating this Fourth of July – not due to sympathy with their former colony rebelling and eventually overtaking them as an empire – but as they return to the pubs. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s latest round of easing includes the reopening of bars after over three months. Leicester, the midlands city which is experiencing a new COVID-19 outbreak, is excluded.

While the news cheers up traders and may also support sterling, many Americans across the pond will have bars and restaurants off-limits this Independence Day weekend. Coronavirus cases in the US are surging, hitting a new daily high of 55,000 on Thursday. The safe-haven US dollar has been edging up due to these concerns .

Earlier on Thursday, investors were more enthusiastic, cheered by the Non-Farm Payrolls report. The US gained – or better-said restored – no fewer than 4.8 million jobs, beating economists’ estimates for only three million. The Unemployment Rate fell to 11.1%, also exceeding estimates.

While the rapid recovery is encouraging, the data is from the first half of June – before the second wave hit hard. Higher frequency data such as weekly jobless claims have remained stubbornly high. Gasoline consumption, reservation at restaurants, and traffic at shops has all been dropping throughout June.

US stock markets closed off their highs on Thursday as enthusiasm about the labor market faded, but equities are yet to turn south. Will these worries prevail? While Americans are off to a long weekend, states continue publishing COVID-19 statistics and that could impact trading despite thinner liquidity.

The Brexit impasse could continue impacting the pound. While both the EU and the UK aspire to reach a “landing zone” shortly, they remain divergent on opinions – and postponed a meeting between top negotiators. Will there be any breakthrough when talks resume next week?

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