EUR/USD is trading above 1.1850, holding onto recent gains The uptrend, however, at risk as coronavirus cases rise across the Eurozone. New lockdown restrictions may force the ECB to adopt a stronger dovish stance. Focus shifts to Powell's speech, EZ Preliminary PMIs.
GBP/USD stays well bid near mid-1.2900s following three successive failures to cross 1.3000 during last week. UK’s health authorities mull lockdown restrictions. Chancellor Sunak may extend business support loans. Fedspeak eyed amid a light calendar.
USD/JPY witnessed some follow-through selling for the sixth consecutive session on Monday. The USD was being pressured by fading hopes of another round of the fiscal stimulus measures. Resurgent COVID-19 cases benefitted the safe-haven JPY and contributed to the offered tone.
Gold is back on the bids above $1950 amid growing coronavirus fears induced risk aversion. Gold's multi-week consolidation in a narrowing price range could end with a bullish breakout, as a widely-tracked daily chart indicator is about to turn bullish.
WTI remains heavy below 50-day SMA, drops from $41.18 to begin the week. The energy benchmark keeps trailing 50-day SMA for over two weeks while taking clues from the US-Iran tussle and the coronavirus (COVID-19) headlines. Hopes of further stimulus, China’s optimism favor energy bulls.