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GBP/USD has been attempting to recover amid hopes for a Brexit breakthrough, which is not expected to offset the disappointing US coronavirus data that is boosting the greenback, FXStreet’s analyst Yohay Elam informs.

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“The Financial Times is reporting that the EU is ready to compromise with the UK on the sensitive ‘level-playing field’ issue – aligning regulations across the channel after the current transition period expires. Talks between London and Brussels resume on Monday as the clock ticks down toward year-end. After four rounds of inconclusive talks, any hope helps the pound. Is it enough to push GBP/USD higher? Probably not. Investors will believe it when they see it.”

“In the US, coronavirus seems out of control and may further weigh on markets – boosting the safe-haven dollar. COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths have risen in recent days, especially in the south. While governors have urged people to stay at home and wear face-masks in public, they have refrained from imposing restrictions. Such a move would further weigh on markets.”

“Several economic updates from the world’s largest economy are also set to shape trading. The final read for first-quarter GDP will likely confirm the 5% annualized contraction, fueled by the falling consumption. Shoppers returned in May, the period for which Durable Goods Orders are released, and they will likely show a bounce. Weekly jobless claims are also eyed. It is essential to note that continuing claims statistics are for the week ending on June 12 – when Non-Farm Payrolls surveys are held.”