Britain waits on PM’s speech


Britain waits on PM’s speech

Sterling traded within a tight range against the dollar today while investors waited for a speech by British Prime Minister Theresa May in which she is expected to try to rescue stalled Brexit talks. Investors will watch to see if May can offer enough to European Union negotiators to persuade them to move talks forward, […]

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Sterling drops off after Carney’s comments

Sterling steadied above $1.35 today, recovering some ground following a nearly 1 percent slide after Bank of England governor Mark Carney said interest rates rises in coming months would be limited and gradual. The pound rose as much as 3.3 percent last week, jumping more than four cents to $1.3618 on the back of hawkish […]

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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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Focus on BOE meeting & US Inflation data

The spotlight today is on the BoE. In August, the MPC kept interest rates unchanged at 0.25% but two members of the committee – McCafferty and Saunders – voted for an immediate hike in interest rates. Developments in the economic outlook since that meeting have been limited and while political uncertainty has risen, on balance, […]

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Sterling drops after yesterdays gains

Britain’s unemployment rate unexpectedly fell further to its lowest since 1975 during the three months to July, but wage growth proved even more subdued than expected, official figures showed this morning. The data are likely to deepen division at the Bank of England over whether the time for an interest rate rise is nearing and […]

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Focus on ECB meeting today

Sterling inched lower today, with dealers citing growing resistance to any further recovery against the dollar on a day set to be dominated by events in Europe and the United States. The pound has been supported by broad-based US dollar weakness in 2017. On the other side, UK data has also been struggling and on […]

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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 Economy is on a decline

Britain’s economy is losing momentum as worries about Brexit mount, according to a survey which showed growth in the country’s dominant services sector in August was at its weakest in nearly a year. The Services Purchasing Managers’ Index fell to 53.2 in August from 53.8 in July and below the median forecast of 53.5 in […]

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Sterling set for 4th week of losses

Sterling steadied this morning after falling to a two-month low against the dollar in the previous session, as investors waited to see what Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen would say in a speech later in the day. The pound also held near its lowest in more than 10 months against the euro, with political uncertainty […]

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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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