Pound Gains


Pound Gains

Sterling shot past $1.30 on hopes that Prime Minister Theresa May will make progress in seeking changes to her Brexit deal with the European Union, although some traders struggled to explain the size of the move. After edging higher for much of the day, the pound then jumped in late European trading – rising almost […]

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UK Wage Data Strong

UK pay growth held at its fastest pace in a decade in late 2018 and job creation remained strong, official figures showed this morning, suggesting the labour market was staying buoyant ahead of Brexit. Total earnings, including bonuses, rose by an annual 3.4 percent in the three months to December, remaining at its fastest pace […]

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Chances Of A General Election Rise

The pound has dropped across the board after Theresa May lost two Brexit-related votes in as many days. Britain’s main opposition Labour Party will demand a general election if May loses a vote in parliament over her Brexit plans next week, we expect Corbyn to mention this today. The British currency was hit by the […]

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Sterling Strengthens Ahead Of Debates

Sterling has risen ahead of parliament reconvening this week and debate Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit withdrawal agreement. Traders expect the next two weeks to be highly volatile for sterling. A vote on May’s Brexit deal – which she has said MPs must back if Britain is to avoid a disorderly Brexit in March – […]

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UK pay growth lags behind Inflation

Sterling got only a temporary boost from data showing British wage growth edged above forecasts this morning, rising briefly against the dollar before dropping off again. British pay growth has lagged behind inflation again, official data showed, but the figures are likely to cement expectations among investors that the Bank of England will soon raise […]

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Sterling hits 15 month high vs US Dollar

Sterling hit a 15-month high against the dollar today before retreating a notch as investors wound back some of last week’s bets on a Bank of England rate rise ahead of a speech by the central bank’s governor Mark Carney. The pound rocketed past $1.36 to its strongest since the Brexit vote on Friday after […]

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UK Inflation Unexpectedly Slows

British inflation unexpectedly slowed for the first time since October last month, adding to the likelihood that the Bank of England will keep interest rates at a record low in August. Consumer prices rose by 2.6 percent compared with a year earlier, the Office for National Statistics said on Tuesday, down from a nearly four-year […]

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Growth is services sector falls

Growth across British services companies fell to a four-month low in June and companies were their least optimistic in nearly a year, according to a survey that could disappoint Bank of England officials who want to raise interest rates. Although the survey suggested Britain’s economy recovered some momentum in the second quarter and probably expanded […]

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UK Data Disappoints Again

Growth in Britain’s construction industry slowed in June, adding to signs that the economy might be struggling to regain much momentum after a lacklustre start to the year, a survey showed on this morning. The Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index fell to 54.8 from May’s 18-month high of 56.0, slightly below the median forecast […]

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50% chance of a UK rate rise

The pound recorded its best weekly performance against the dollar in almost eight months last week. It climbed almost 2.5 percent to reach as high as $1.3030 after BoE Governor Mark Carney said a rate rise was likely to be needed as the economy came closer to running at full capacity, and that the Bank […]

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