Daily market commentary: The pound edges up against the US dollar

Daily Market analysis

ActivTrades’ Market Analysts have prepared for LeapRate their daily commentary on traditional markets for December 9, 2019. This is not a trading advice. See details below:


The pound edged up against the US dollar by 0.2% during early Monday trading. The continuous support found by Sterling, especially over the last two weeks, arises from electoral polls consistently pointing at a comfortable win for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party. Should these predictions materialise, the British Parliament will approve the withdrawal agreement from the EU and the uncertainty of the last three and a half years will finally be replaced by a clearer direction for the British economy. This is of course good news for markets and explains the current appetite for the pound.

However, even if a negotiated Brexit were to happen on the 31st January 2020, a new process will start with the negotiation of a trade deal between the EU and the UK. For this reason, even if the Conservative Party does achieve a majority in the next parliament, any future gains for the pound will be capped.

Ricardo Evangelista – Senior Analyst, ActivTrades


Oil is consolidating after the rally seen last week. OPEC’s meeting brought a relative strong will of cutting production from the lobby, with a subsequent reaction to the price. Russia’s cut was particularly surprising, accounting for more than 130,000 b/d out of a total cut of 372,000 among the OPEC+ countries, while OPEC’s own cut is increasing from 1.2m to 1.7m b/d. Investors have bet on the solidity of the agreement, even if the next few weeks will be crucial for understanding if this will be strictly adhered to by all members. At this stage, this reduction has outweighed any oversupply fears, with WTI trading just below $59.

Carlo Alberto De Casa – Chief analyst, ActivTrades

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