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GBP/USD is on the back foot after the Brussels’ Brexit dinner failed to yield a breakthrough. Ongoing talks, now set to extend through Sunday, overshadow US fiscal stimulus and virus developments, FXStreet’s Analyst Yohay Elam reports. 

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“UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen failed to reach a much desired Brexit breakthrough over a three-course dinner. After concluding that they remain ‘far apart’, the EU and the UK agreed to extend talks until the end of the weekend.”

“Failing to reach a deal three weeks before the transition expires is an adverse development for the pound. Contingency plans for a no-deal exit are likely to grab the headlines, further weighing on sentiment. The fact that investors will be unable to react to a Sunday statement may cause some to take bets off the table. Fear of another deadlock could prompt a run against the pound.”

“Republicans and Democrats seem to coalesce around the framework – $900 billion – but not about the details. Nevertheless, there seems to be more optimism in Washington than in Brussels.” 

“The US Food and Drugs Administration is on course to greenlight the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for use on Thursday, following the UK, which is already administering the shots. An FDA approval, even if expected, may give a shot in the arm to markets after Wednesday’s down day.”

“Cable has recaptured the 100 Simple Moving Average on the 4-hour chart but trades under the 50 SMA. Momentum is to the downside while the Relative Strength Index is stable.”

“Some support awaits at 1.3320, which was a swing low on Wednesday. It is followed by 1.3290, a stepping stone on the way up earlier in the week. Some resistance is at 1.3385, where the 50 SMA hits the price, followed by 1.3410, the daily high.”