The British pound on Tuesday flirted with the $1.30 level, with the U.K. currency strengthening on optimism the ruling Conservative party will secure a majority in the general election on December 12.
The pound GBPUSD, +0.4250% traded as high as $1.3009 from $1.2941 on Monday.
The latest polls show the Conservatives winning, though the margin varies widely. One poll from Kantar ending Dec. 2 has the Conservatives with a 12-percentage point lead, while another from ICM ending on the same date has the Conservative margin over the Labour party at 7 points.
Sterling has moved largely in lock step with Conservative’s election chances since Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed an exit pact with the European Union that needs a majority in the U.K. Parliament for passage.
The FTSE 100 UKX, -1.91% meanwhile skidded 1.61% to 7168.36, with only a handful of companies advancing. Trump’s latest salvo on Chinese trade talks hit stocks worldwide, including Russia steelmaker Evraz EVR, -7.18% and Swiss commodities broker Glencore GLEN, -3.53% falling sharply on the London Stock Exchange.