Grafico Cross Sterling vs Yen (FX:GBPJPY)
1 Anno : Da Gen 2019 a Gen 2020
The pound declined against its major counterparts in the early European session on Thursday, as European shares fell, with bank mergers, Brexit developments, and ongoing U.S.-China talks in focus.
Investors also digested data showing that German factory orders plunged by 4.2 percent month-on-month in February, marking their sharpest fall since January 2017.
Elsewhere, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Wednesday the U.S. and China hope to get closer to a trade deal this week.
President Donald Trump is due to meet with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He in Washington today.
In a significant move, U.K. lawmakers approved a legislation that forces Prime Minister Theresa May to seek for Brexit extension beyond April 12.
The bill will be proceeded to the House of Lords for debate and approval today.
The government and Labour will continue in-depth talks today to break the Brexit deadlock.
The currency has been trading in a positive territory in the Asian session as UK Parliament approved a bill to avoid no-deal exit.
The pound edged down to 1.3141 against the greenback, from a high of 1.3191 hit at 2:45 am ET. On the downside, 1.30 is likely seen as the next support for the pound.
Pulling away from a high of 146.96 touched at 1:45 am ET, the pound weakened to 146.40 against the yen. If the pound declines further, 144.00 is likely seen as its next support level.
The pound retreated to 1.3124 against the Swiss franc, from a high of 1.3167 touched at 3:45 am ET. Next key support for the pound is likely seen around the 1.29 region.
The pound reversed from an early high of 0.8518 against the euro, dropping to 0.8546. The pound is likely to find support around the 0.87 region.
Survey from IHS Markit showed that the German construction sector grew the most in 14 months in March, led by strong gains in residential and commercial activity that boosted job creation.
IHS Markit's purchasing managers' index for the German construction sector rose to 55.6 in March from 54.7 in February, marking the highest reading since January 2018.
Looking ahead, at 7:30 am ET, the European Central bank publishes the accounts of the monetary policy meeting of the Governing Council held on March 6-7.
In the New York session, U.S. weekly jobless claims for the week ended March 30 and Canada Ivey PMI for March are slated for release.