The US dollar advanced against major currencies in early trading on Thursday. A positive economic outlook from the Federal Reserve and a shift to tolerating higher inflation boosted Treasury yields, in turn supporting the greenback.
GBP/USD fell to its lowest levels since July 28th on Wednesday, extending losses from the recent yearly high made on September 1st. The same day, the UK government published its Internal Market bill, outlining a plan to breach the pledges in the EU Withdrawal Agreement.
GBP/USD extended its losses in early trading on Monday, after sliding for three consecutive days last week. News that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is ready to allow negotiations to fail rather than compromise on certain Brexit principles has driven stering lower.
The Australian dollar climbed to its highest levels against the greenback since December of 2018 in early trading on Friday. The Aussie has been lifted by recent positive Sino-U.S. trade developments and better than expected economic data.
Gold started the week on the defensive after being unable to hold above the key $2,000 level late last week. Meanwhile, the US dollar has stabilized, finding its feet after falling to its lowest levels in over two years last Tuesday.
GBP/USD inched higher in early trading on Wednesday, reaching its highest levels since December 31st. The recent surge has been largely attributed to a soft US dollar and rising expectations that a Brexit trade deal will be reached by October.
The British Pound remained on the front foot in early trading on Friday amid rising optimism over a Brexit deal and easing lockdown rules in the UK. Sterling remains near a 5-month high and is currently holding above the key psychological level of 1.30.
Silver climbed to its highest levels since April 2013 in early trading on Wednesday, while gold rose to new record highs above $2,000 an ounce. The move comes after July's 34% rally, marking silver's largest monthly gain since December 1979.
Gold traded lower early on Thursday, as investor mood was buoyed by the dovish stance of the Federal Reserve. On Wednesday, the Fed committed to leave interest rates near zero and pledged to use all its tools to support an economic recovery.
Gold remained bid in early trading on Friday, underpinned by the prospect of further fiscal stimulus and simmering US/China tensions. Meanwhile, the US Dollar Index fell to its lowest levels since September of 2018.
The greenback rebounded on Thursday, amid fears that a resurgence in the coronavirus could slow a global economic recovery. Meanwhile, US/China tensions remain elevated, with murmurs that a new Cold War is emerging between the superpowers.
Gold hovered around the key psychological level of 1,800 in early trading on Tuesday as global coronavirus cases continue to soar and Sino-US disharmony escalated over China's pursuit of offshore resources in the South China Sea.
A bullish golden cross (50-period SMA crossing above the 200-period SMA) has formed on the AUD/USD daily chart. The Aussie has been supported by upbeat Chinese and Australian data, while the US dollar lost some of its safe haven appeal amid positive US and European economic data.
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