British Pound (GBP), FTSE 100 Latest: Return of Inverse Correlation

GBP price, FTSE 100, Brexit news and analysis:

  • GBP/USD continues to fall, with an important support level now being challenged.
  • At the same time, the FTSE 100 is stable to higher.
  • That suggests the inverse correlation between the two has returned, with falls in GBP tending to benefit the major London stocks.

GBP/USD falling, FTSE 100 holds its ground

GBP/USD remains under downward pressure as market sentiment suffers from coronavirus fears in South Korea and Japan, and is now challenging support from a trendline joining its recent lower lows that has been in place since late last year.

GBP/USD Price Chart, Daily Timeframe (November 21, 2019 – February 20, 2020)

Chart by IG (You can click on it for a larger image)


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Change in Longs Shorts OI
Daily 9% -19% -1%
Weekly 1% -17% -5%

For a while it looked as though GBP/USD and the FTSE 100 index of leading London-listed stocks were falling in tandem as the coronavirus outbreak pushed investors to move out of riskier assets into safe havens. This was unusual as a weaker Pound tends to help the international companies that are plentiful in the index and therefore give it a boost.

Now though, as GBP/USD falls, the FTSE 100 looks to be recovering, suggesting that the old relationship has returned and that if GBP/USD breaks lower the FTSE 100 should benefit.

FTSE 100 Price Chart, Daily Timeframe (November 21, 2019 – February 20, 2020)

Latest FTSE 100 price chart.

Chart by IG (You can click on it for a larger image)

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Meanwhile, EU leaders are meeting in Brussels this week to discuss the bloc’s Budget plans post Brexit. The UK’s departure has left a hole of about £9 billion, suggesting that spending will have to be curtailed.

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— Written by Martin Essex, Analyst and Editor

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