GBP/JPY retreats under 153.00 on coronavirus, Brexit concerns

  • GBP/JPY fades bounce off 13-day low, prints three-day downtrend.
  • UK registers highest covid infections since January, PM Johnson demands EU repairs of NI protocol.
  • Tokyo reports highest cases since May, pushes Japanese authorities to hold Olympics without spectators.
  • Risk catalysts remain on the driver’s seat amid a lack of major data/events.

GBP/JPY drops to 152.64, down 0.10% intraday, amid the initial Asian session on Thursday. The cross-currency pair bears the burden of the Brexit and the coronavirus (COVID-19) woes in the UK, as well as Japan, to portray the bears’ dominance around two week low.

UK PM Boris Johnson strongly responded to the European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič’s comments signaling legal proceedings over Britain if it violates the Northern Ireland (NI) protocol. In doing so, the UK leader Johnson said, per the Daily Mail, “There remain very serious problems in what I believe is the misapplication, the excessively legally purist application of that deal, of that protocol, and what we're hoping for is some progress from the European Commission, some repairs that I think they should make to the way that this is working.”

On the other hand, the UK registered the highest covid cases since late January, above the 32,000 mark, while the death toll eased. Alternatively, “Japan is likely to stage the Olympics without spectators at venues in Tokyo due to a spike in coronavirus cases, a senior government official said Wednesday,” said Kyodo News. The same probes the UK PM Johnson’s unlock plans and pushes the World Health Organization (WHO) official Mike Ryan to warn, per The Guardian, of ‘epidemiological stupidity’ of early Covid reopening.

It’s worth noting that the FOMC minutes seemed to have tamed the market fears for now after the statement refrained from any surprises backing the Fed’s early rate hike. Additionally favoring the mood could be the upbeat US data and hopes of a faster recovery in the West.

Amid these plays, S&P 500 Futures print mild gains and the US 10-year Treasury yields stay near the lowest since late February.

Looking forward, GBP/JPY traders will have to pay attention to the covid and Brexit headlines for fresh impulse amid a light calendar.

Technical analysis

100-DMA tests GBP/JPY bears around 152.20 but recovery moves will need to cross the 50-DMA level surrounding 154.00 to recall the buyers.

Additional important levels

Today last price 152.66
Today Daily Change -0.05
Today Daily Change % -0.03%
Today daily open 152.71
Daily SMA20 153.99
Daily SMA50 153.89
Daily SMA100 152.13
Daily SMA200 145.85
Previous Daily High 154.08
Previous Daily Low 152.36
Previous Weekly High 154.23
Previous Weekly Low 152.62
Previous Monthly High 155.94
Previous Monthly Low 151.32
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 153.02
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 153.42
Daily Pivot Point S1 152.02
Daily Pivot Point S2 151.33
Daily Pivot Point S3 150.3
Daily Pivot Point R1 153.74
Daily Pivot Point R2 154.76
Daily Pivot Point R3 155.45



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