GBP/USD has recovered toward 1.31 as the dollar pares early gains amid the impasse in Washington over new fiscal stimulus. A survey showing that a third of UK employers may lay off workers is weighing on the pound.
Gold prices spiked to the upside after the beginning of the American session but then pulled back erasing gains. XAU/USD jumped to $2049.70/oz, and as of writing, it trades at $2033, practically at the same level it closed on Friday.
WTI (futures on Nymex) climbed nearly 1.50% in a bid to test the $42 mark on Monday, in the wake of the upbeat outlook painted by Saudi Aramco’s CEO Nasser and expectations that Iraq will cut output in August.