GBP: Saunders discusses inflation at 11am
EUR: Continues to trade at the mercy of the dollar
USD: Testimonial day two
Sterling moved higher yesterday against both the USD and EUR following the release of better-than-expected inflation data in the UK. The pound’s ‘rally’ was cut short as US trading opened and UK employment data was marginally worse than expected this morning.
Sterling sellers returned to the market as uncertainty continues to creep in as the UK recorded its highest number of Covid cases since January. Inflation once again is a hot topic in the UK as the Bank of England’s Deputy Governor, David Ramsden, stated that the UK Monetary Policy may have to be tightened earlier than previously thought, believing inflation could peak at 4%.
PM Johnson is due to speak in the West Midlands on the government’s ‘levelling-up’ program and Bank of England MPC member Saunders is discussing inflation at 11am.
The euro acted as a by-product for most of yesterday, struggling against sterling’s gains. As US trading hours opened, the single currency did retrace some of its losses and pushed back from a key support level following Jerome Powell’s comments.
There’s no major data due from Europe today.
Testifying to a Congressional Committee, Fed Chair Powell believes the central bank was ‘sensitive’ to inflation concerns. The central bank is very much playing both sides of the field as we have comments from the Fed chair stating inflation has increased quicker than expected, but also belief that this is a short-term concern.
Powell continues his testimonial today, and data in the shape of jobless claims and Philadelphia and NY State manufacturing indexes are released at 13:30.
Today’s Interbank Rates at 10:05 against sterling. Movement vs yesterday.
|US dollar||$1.384 –|
|Australian dollar||$1.853 ↓|
|South African rand||R20.10 ↓|
|Japanese yen||¥152.0 ↓|
Have a great day everyone.