Sterling hits 14 month high


Sterling hits 14 month high

Britain’s pound hit a 14-month high against the dollar today and was heading for its best week in more than eight years on a trade-weighted basis, as traders stacked up bets on a near-term interest rate rise from the Bank of England. Dominated lately by moves in the dollar and the euro, sterling drew renewed […]

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Biggest daily rise for GBP

Sterling consolidated gains today, a day after posting its biggest daily rise in nearly two months, as investors trimmed some bearish bets before a parliamentary debate over the government’s European Union repeal bill. Sterling remains very headline-sensitive to politics but the protracted weakness in the currency may start to play a bigger role in central […]

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UK Construction drops to a 1 year low

Growth in Britain’s construction firms fell unexpectedly to a one-year low in August, hit by an investment slump in the commercial sector as Brexit uncertainty weighed on the economy. Countering more upbeat news about the economy last week, the Markit/CIPS Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell to 51.1 from 51.9 in July, closer to the […]

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Sterling set for 4th month of losses

British consumer credit expanded at the weakest pace in more than a year during July, reflecting the squeeze on household finances this year, Bank of England data showed this morning. Annual growth in consumer credit slowed to 9.8 percent from 10.0 percent in July, the weakest increase since April 2016, the BoE said. Britain’s economy […]

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Strong Eurozone data hits Sterling

Sterling fell briefly below $1.28 for the first time since late June today and deepened its recent losses against the euro as gloom over Britain’s economic prospects and the Brexit process encouraged investors to push the pound lower. Sterling, which has fallen more than 3 percent against the dollar since the start of August, was […]

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Sterling continues to struggle this morning

Sterling edged back this morning towards an almost 6-week low against the dollar as growing doubts around the progress of Brexit talks with Europe continued to weigh on the currency. Britain is due to release more information this week to outline its strategy positions in the divorce talks, with ministers striving to head off suggestions that negotiations […]

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UK Data worse than expected this morning

British industrial output unexpectedly picked up in June after oil producers delayed normal seasonal maintenance, but falling car production and a slide in construction bode poorly for future months. Britain’s economy showed only sluggish growth in the first half of 2017 as consumers battled with higher inflation triggered by last year’s vote to leave the […]

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Sterling hits 11 year high

Pound climbed to its highest levels against the dollar since mid-September today, as data showing UK manufacturing growth recovered from a seven-month low in July eased concerns about an economic slowdown. This morning’s Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) survey climbed to 55.1, exceeding the 54.4 consensus in a Reuters poll of economists, helped by the biggest […]

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Big Week Ahead – GBP/USD above 1.31

Britain’s pound traded above $1.31 today, close to a 10-month high, as investors eyed this week’s Bank of England “Super Thursday” for a steer on whether record-low interest rates could soon be lifted for the first time in more than a decade. Sterling has been supported in recent weeks by expectations that the Bank might […]

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Currency Update

Britain’s pound steadied close to its highest levels in 10 months against the dollar today on comments from the finance minister about a transitional leaving deal with the European Union. They soothed market fears that the country is set for a “hard Brexit”. Philip Hammond said that he wanted to avoid a “cliff-edge” where goods […]

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