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GBP/USD. Pound in anticipation of "hot" events in Northern Ireland

Dollar pairs cannot determine the direction of their movement. This applies to all major group currency pairs. Torn by contradictions, traders do not risk investing in the greenback – however, quoted currencies are also not in proper demand. As a result, the market froze in place, especially ahead of the weekend. And if the euro-dollar pair showed weak volatility today, then the sterling "roamed" in the 100-point range. However, in the end, the GBP/USD pair made a circle, returning to their previous positions. Having started the trading day at the borders of the 38th figure, the pair at the start of the European session collapsed from 1.3765 to the daily price low of 1.3715 in less than an hour. However, the downward scenario did not continue: the pair turned 180 degrees and headed back to the 38th figure area, updating the daily high at 1.3825 along the way.

GBP/USD. Pound in anticipation of "hot" events in Northern Ireland

On the one hand, all these are just price "delays" that are inherent in Friday trading. At the first signs of a weakening dollar, sellers of GBP/USD open short positions en masse, and "roll over" to long when approaching the support level (in this case, this is the lower line of the BB indicator on the daily chart). By and large, this is the case - the euro-dollar pair is traded in a similar pattern today, starting from the boundaries of the range. Only in the case of EUR/USD, the price corridor is much narrower, and the range of volatility, respectively, is more modest. But the situation itself is indicative: traders are clearly disoriented and make trading decisions situationally, relying on technical signals. As soon as the pair reaches a support or resistance level, traders lock in and the momentum fades. This trading algorithm is now inherent in all major dollar pairs - perhaps, except for the USD/CHF pair, where the downward dynamics is due not only to the weakness of the greenback but also to the strengthening of the franc.

However, if we talk about the pound-dollar pair, then it is worth remembering that next week the sterling may again be under pressure due to the conflict over the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Let me remind you that serious passions raged on the streets of Belfast and other cities in Northern Ireland last week - protesters burned cars, pelted the police with stones and sticks, and also clashed with them. One of the key factors that exacerbated the situation was dissatisfaction with part of the Brexit agreement. We are talking about the protocol on Northern Ireland, which created a customs border between it and the rest of Britain to maintain a "transparent" border between the two parts of the island of Ireland. Large-scale clashes took place between loyalist groups (that is, those who stand for the unity of Great Britain), nationalists (supporters of Northern Ireland's annexation to Ireland), and the police.

Street riots put pressure on the British currency: on April 6 to 9 (that is, during the period when the protesters showed maximum activity), the GBP/USD pair fell by almost 250 points - from 1.3913 to 1.3670.

After the death of the Queen's husband, Prince Philip, the protesters agreed to suspend their actions, but only for a period of national mourning. The Duke of Edinburgh's funeral will take place this Saturday (April 17), so it is logical to assume that next week the protests will break out with renewed vigor. London, in turn, is in no hurry to respond to the protests in a political way, while transferring additional police and military forces to Belfast. Last week, Ireland proposed to the UK to hold a special crisis meeting due to rising tensions in Northern Ireland, but London did not respond to this proposal. According to British media, Boris Johnson fears the wrath of unionists - supporters of Northern Ireland in the remaining part of the Kingdom. They may perceive a joint meeting as Dublin's interference in the internal affairs of Great Britain. In other words, this fundamental factor is the sword of Damocles hanging over the British currency.

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GBP/USD. Pound in anticipation of "hot" events in Northern Ireland

At the moment, the GBP/USD pair is growing against the background of the general weakening of the US dollar. The USD index declines on the comments of Fed spokesman Christopher Waller. He said that the markets are "getting too far ahead" in their expectations for a QE rollback and rate hikes. He also said that the excess of the target of two percent inflation rate "will only be welcomed" by the Fed. In this context, Waller added that the economy is still in recession "if you evaluate the levels, not the growth indicators."

The "dovish" color of Waller's rhetoric put pressure on the greenback, as a result of which it again surrendered its positions - to one degree or another, but in all dollar pairs of the "major group" without exception. The pound also managed to perk up - paired with the greenback, it headed to the resistance level of 1.3840. From this target, we can consider short positions on the pair, given the upcoming events in Northern Ireland and the possible recovery of the dollar (next week, next negotiations are expected in the White House on the fate of the infrastructure plan). Selling can be considered towards the bottom of the 37th figure - it is too early to talk about lower values. As soon as the price crosses the 1.3700 mark, the GBP/USD bulls come into play, redeeming the pair at a bargain price.

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