Exit poll sends UK assets into rally mode
In the immediate aftermath, we have seen GBPUSD surge
In the immediate aftermath, we have seen GBPUSD surge, gaining over 100 points as it gapped higher in the minutes following the exit poll, and continuing to gain to a high of $1.35 – the size of the majority has been taken as a sign that the uncertainty of recent years may be at an end, at least in one sense. An eighteen month high for GBPUSD marks an impressive recovery since the August low, and while we might see some profit-taking here, more inflows could keep boosting sterling.
It is a similar story for the pound against the euro – where sterling has gained too, hitting the highest level against the single currency since July 2016. Again, the big move might see some selling, but a return to UK assets could keep driving this one higher.
UK stocks might struggle a touch in the wake of this impressive sterling strength, but the FTSE 100 rallied sharply too. It has finally managed to rally off the 7150 zone of support, and now targets the 7440 highs of the last few months. Until it clears this level, then a longer-term rally is still in doubt. The US-China news announced before the exit poll could provide a fresh boost for the FTSE 100 too, given the number of heavyweight mining stocks.
This information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. It has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients.
Start trading forex today
Trade the largest and most volatile financial market in the world.
- Spreads start at just 0.6 points on EUR/USD
- Analyse market movements with our essential selection of charts
- Speculate from a range of platforms, including on mobile
Live prices on most popular markets