Sterling Update


Sterling Update

Sterling rose against the dollar today, investors still weighing the likelihood of an interest rate rise from the Bank of England after labour market data this week offset some worries over Britain’s exit from the European Union. The pound has recovered from its losses after Britain’s election in June as a number of BoE policymakers […]

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Jobless rate at a 42 year low

British workers saw their pay and bonus growth fall further behind inflation in the three months to end-May, data showed today, but the jobless rate hit a 42-year low. The duel reports will complicate the debate among Bank of England officials over the need for higher interest rates. Sterling bounced against the dollar after official […]

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Market Update

Sterling softened to near 10-day lows against the U.S. dollar on Tuesday as tepid consumption data and business surveys underlined the challenges facing the British economy. British households spent more money on food and other essentials last month but held back on less urgent purchases as they faced rising prices, two sets of industry figures […]

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Dollar Steadies, Sterling Drops

The dollar steadied against its peers early this morning after the Federal Reserve’s policy meeting minutes took the wind out of its advance, with the market awaiting comments by central bankers and U.S. data for its next cues. The greenback had rallied earlier in the week after upbeat U.S. economic indicators lifted Treasury yields to […]

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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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Pound hits $1.30 after positive UK Data

Sterling climbed close to $1.30 today, hitting its highest since before Britain’s parliamentary elections, as investors brought forward their expectations for when the Bank of England would begin to tighten monetary policy. BoE Governor Mark Carney said on Wednesday that a rise in interest rates was likely to be needed as the economy comes closer […]

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Sterling drops to 7 month lows against Euro

Sterling hit a seven-month low to the euro this morning, losing ground to renewed strength in the single currency after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi hinted the days of the bank’s stimulus programme are numbered. Compared to a recovery against the dollar after its 2 percent drop following the British elections, the pound has […]

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Market Update

Britain’s messy election outcome and a weakening of the housing market have caused a sharp of loss of confidence among consumers, leaving the country dependent on exports to avoid a recession, according to a survey published today. An index of consumer confidence produced by polling firm YouGov fell back to just above levels last seen […]

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