UK Inflation data hurts the pound


UK Inflation data hurts the pound

Sterling slid yesterday to a new five-month low after weaker-than-expected UK inflation dented the prospect of the Bank of England raising interest rates this year. The pound had been one of the best-performing currencies in 2018 but it has given up all its gains for the year following a broad rally in the dollar and […]

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Pound gains after positive Brexit news

Sterling rallied more than half a percent to hit a two-day high after a media report that Britain would tell Brussels it was prepared to stay in the European Union’s customs union after a transitional arrangement. Britain will tell Brussels it is prepared to stay in the customs union beyond 2021 as ministers remained deadlocked […]

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Dollar weakens after recent highs

Sterling rose on this morning against the dollar which weakened against other majors. Investors focused on economic data that could help the pound recover after the Bank of England last week held rates and cut its growth projections. The rally in the dollar lost momentum after tame U.S. inflation data tempered expectations for a faster […]

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Market Update

Today seems likely to be a quiet end to the week with no significant new economic data in either the Eurozone or the UK. Today’s second reading for April Spanish CPI inflation is expected to be unchanged from the initial reading. That would be consistent with no revision to the aggregate Eurozone measure due next […]

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All doom and gloom for Sterling

British Industrial growth slightly rose in March, therefore confirming a gloomy first quarter for the economy that pretty much confirms no Bank of England interest rate hike later today. The data, released along with figures for the construction industry and overseas trade, did nothing to alter the picture of an economy that has struggled for […]

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Sterling continues to be volatile ahead of Thursday

GBP dropped off today as many investors have continued to off-load the pound ahead of the Bank of England meeting this Thursday when the central bank is expected to keep interest rates on hold, and as worries about Brexit negotiations resurface. Tensions within Britain’s governing Conservative party over how to agree terms of exit from […]

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Market Update

Sterling fell against the dollar today as the U.S. currency strengthened on the back of rising Treasury yields, while traders remained cautious ahead of British GDP numbers due on Friday. The economic growth release will be the last key data released before the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee meeting early next month, and markets […]

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Sterling hits fresh lows against the dollar

Sterling dropped to its lowest since level since the middle of March, its sixth consecutive daily fall as investors are worried about the performance of the British economy. April has historically proved to be supportive for the pound because of a seasonal rise in capital inflows into Britain from foreign companies paying UK shareholders dividends. […]

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Carney comments hammer the pound!

BoE Governor Carney, in an interview last night, seemed somewhat less committal in regards to tightening policy in the UK, focusing more on the slow path in the coming years while suggesting that “a hike is likely this year”. The market has been near “fully priced” for a 25bp hike in May and a rising […]

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UK Wage Growth Stalls

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed today, the UK’s average weekly earnings, excluding bonuses matched expectations, arriving at 2.8% 3m y/y versus 2.6% last while the gauge including bonuses steadied at 2.8% 3m y/y versus 3.0% expected. The official jobless rate ticked lower to 4.2% in February, while the claimant count change increased more-than-expected. […]

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