GBP/USD dips under 1.3300 as sterling traders worry about impact of UK Omicron outbreak

  • GBP/USD slipped under 1.3300 in recent trade and is eyeing year-to-date lows.
  • The pair has been weighed by concerns about an Omicron outbreak in the UK.

Sterling has been under pressure during US trading hours, pulling back from earlier session highs above 1.3350 to fresh session lows under 1.3300. That leaves the pair only a few pips above annual lows printed last Friday at 1.3278. Recent weakness could be a reflection of fears that the Omicron Covid-19 variant, multiple infections of which have now been picked up across the UK, poses downside risks to the UK’s economic recovery this winter.

The government advised citizens over the weekend that masks would be required in indoor spaces once more and that social distancing was encouraged. Meanwhile, the UK’s health minister seemed to hint that any potential lockdown restrictions, which have not yet been taken off of the table, would be linked to hospitalisation rates. An FT article, which claimed that analysts think the impact of Omicron on the UK economy will be minimal, has been broadly ignored.

More broadly, the fact that the US dollar has been picking up amid a rise in long-term US government bond yields (long-term UK yields have seen a much more modest rise on Monday) is weighing on the pair. The tone of US President Joe Biden in a press conference on Omicron was relatively upbeat/glass half full. The variant is concerning, but not a cause for panic, the vaccine is still expected to protect, as are masks and lockdowns are off the table, for now, was the general message and it seems to have boosted US equities, which could be aiding the dollar also.


Today last price 1.3294
Today Daily Change -0.0059
Today Daily Change % -0.44
Today daily open 1.3353
Daily SMA20 1.3466
Daily SMA50 1.3586
Daily SMA100 1.3695
Daily SMA200 1.3821
Previous Daily High 1.3361
Previous Daily Low 1.3278
Previous Weekly High 1.3457
Previous Weekly Low 1.3278
Previous Monthly High 1.3834
Previous Monthly Low 1.3434
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 1.3329
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 1.331
Daily Pivot Point S1 1.3301
Daily Pivot Point S2 1.3248
Daily Pivot Point S3 1.3218
Daily Pivot Point R1 1.3383
Daily Pivot Point R2 1.3413
Daily Pivot Point R3 1.3466



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