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  • GBP/JPY built on its recent positive momentum and climbed to three-week tops on Thursday.
  • The British pound remained supported by UK’s £30B stimulus package and Brexit optimism.
  • Hopes of a swift economic recovery undermined the safe-haven JPY and remained supportive.

The GBP/JPY cross now seems to have entered a bullish consolidation phase and was seen oscillating in a range just below three-week tops set earlier this Thursday.

The cross prolonged its recent strong bullish momentum from sub-132.00 level and gained some follow-through traction for the third consecutive session. The momentum was exclusively sponsored by the prevalent bullish tone surrounding the British pound, which remained well supported by the UK government’s £30 billion stimulus package.

It is worth recalling that the UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak presented mini-budget on Wednesday and announced various measures to create more jobs for young people and spur economic growth. Adding to this, the latest optimism over a possible breakthrough in the post-Brexit negotiations further underpinned sentiment surrounding the sterling.

This comes on the back of hopes of a sharp V-shaped global economic recovery, which, to a larger extent, offset worries over the ever-increasing coronavirus cases and remained supportive of the upbeat market mood. The risk-on flows weighed on the safe-haven Japanese yen and provided any additional boost to the GBP/JPY pair’s positive move.

Meanwhile, technical indicators on the daily chart have just started moving into the bullish territory and support prospects for a further near-term appreciating move. However, oscillators on hourly charts are flashing slightly overbought conditions and seemed to be the only factor capping holding investors from placing aggressive bullish bets.

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