Reuters – Sterling rose on Monday, breaking a two-week losing streak as traders capitalised on the dollar’s broad weakness to add positions after the EU gave the green light to move Brexit talks to the next stage on Friday.
With major currency pairs hemmed in broad trading ranges in the last few trading days of 2017, the dollar’s weakness before a vote in US Congress on tax reform this week gave some traders an excuse to consolidate positions.
“Major currencies are struggling for direction and though the future Brexit negotiations remain a big question mark, there is some broad consolidation going around these levels,” said Lee Hardman, a currency strategist at MUFG in London.
The dollar dipped on Monday on some uncertainty that the bill would indeed be pushed through, and with some doubts creeping in over the pro-growth effect the tax reforms would have.
Sterling rose 0.2% against the dollar to $1.3352 on Monday, snapping a two-week falling streak that has seen it lose nearly 2% so far this month.