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By Steve Goldstein, MarketWatch
U.K. parliament vote due Saturday
The British pound surged but then turned lower on concern Boris Johnson won't have the votes to pass a Brexit deal he agreed with the European Union.
The pound rose as high as $1.2987 before turning lower.
Stephen Innes, market strategist at AXI Trader, said the rejection by the DUP may also lead to hard-line Conservatives in Johnson's own party rejecting the deal. "Suggesting, that in a minority government, 18 is a lot of votes to pick up and could be a bridge too far, especially amid speculation that most of those voters are pushing for a second referendum," he said.
Related:Brexit pact faces steep odds in the U.K. Parliament -- and Johnson might not mind failure (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/brexit-pact-faces-steep-odds-in-the-uk-parliament-and-johnson-might-not-mind-failure-2019-10-17)
Gains for U.K.-listed stocks were more tempered, perhaps reflecting the short covering that already happened last week.
U.K. banks Barclays (BARC.LN) , the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS.LN) and Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY.LN) each rose, but registered gains of less than 2%.
The FTSE 100 gained 0.85% to 7228.16.
(END) Dow Jones Newswires
October 17, 2019 08:36 ET (12:36 GMT)
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