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Pound Greets Historic Deal With a Whimper as Economic Woes Brew

  • Economic weakness and virus fallout are headwinds to currency
  • Morgan Stanley recommends taking pound profit at $1.36
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For nearly half a decade, the pound has been whipsawed by Brexit negotiations -- yet news that a trade deal has been reached saw sterling curb its advance.

It was up 0.3% against the dollar to $1.3534 as of 6:25 p.m. in London, having earlier risen as much as 0.9%. Much of the optimism is already baked in, with the currency nearly 10% stronger since the end of June and the relative cost of hedging pound weakness over the next year at its lowest since March.