UK Jobs data moves the markets


UK Jobs data moves the markets

British pay growth lagged inflation for the first time in two-and-a-half years in early 2017, underscoring the growing Brexit squeeze facing many households, official data showed this morning. Excluding bonuses, earnings rose by 2.1 percent year-on-year, the weakest increase since July of last year and below expectations for a 2.2 percent rise in a poll […]

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Inflation shoots to highest since 2013

British inflation rose to its highest level since September 2013 last month, according to official data released half hour ago – that underlined a growing squeeze on households ahead of the June 8 national election. Consumer prices increased in April by 2.7 percent compared with a year earlier, the Office for National Statistics said, slightly […]

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UK Data this week could weaken Sterling further

Sterling rose towards $1.30 again today, with figures showing that speculators have cut bearish bets on the currency by the most in more than a year and the third most on record. The overwhelmingly negative view on the pound dominating foreign exchange markets since the Brexit referendum in June last year has abated since British […]

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Poor day for Sterling on Thursday

Sterling fell to a one-week low against the dollar after the Bank of England’s inflation report showed interest rates were unlikely to rise within the next two years. Although the BoE said it might need to raise rates before the late 2019 date market pricing indicated, that was nine months later than its February forecasts […]

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All eyes on Thursday – BoE Meeting

Sterling steadied near recent seven-month highs close to $1.30 today, as traders looked to a Bank of England inflation report and policy meeting this week for fresh drivers for a currency that has climbed almost 5 percent in the past month. The BoE’s “Super Thursday” will be closely watched for clues on how long UK […]

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Macron wins french election – pound stays stable

A boost for European markets from France was not enough to drive sterling past $1.30 this morning, with the British currency trading in tight ranges as domestic attention focused on this week’s Bank of England meeting and an accelerating election campaign. The pound has gained more than 3 percent since Prime Minister Theresa May called […]

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Overall a positive week for the pound

The pound inched higher this morning, a week of generally upbeat business sentiment surveys pushing it towards recent highs around $1.2950 as Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives gained more than 100 seats in local elections. Sterling has surged almost 3 percent since May announced surprise national parliamentary elections two weeks ago, read by markets as […]

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Sterling holds its own

Sterling held steady below seven-month highs against the dollar today after the results of a survey of Britain’s huge services sector, following stronger-than-expected data in a corresponding manufacturing survey. The PMI services came in at 55.8 higher than the expected 54.5, while the PMI composite came in at 56.0 ahead of expectations. Corresponding construction and […]

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UK Construction PMI beats expectations

UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) came in better than expectations at 53.1 compared to polls expecting a reading of 52. Tuesday’s stronger-than-expected survey of the manufacturing sector gave the pound some buoyancy in the face of headlines that suggested Britain’s negotiations to leave the EU would be difficult. Today’s figures will help Sterling further. […]

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UK PMI better than expected this morning

Sterling rose briefly on Tuesday after data showed UK manufacturing growth surged to a three-year peak in April, adding to signs that factories are enjoying at least a temporary boost from the pound’s recent weakness. A monthly purchasing managers’ index (PMI) survey for the manufacturing sector rose to 57.3 from 54.2 in March, exceeding all […]

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