Daily Market Brief – 11th September 2015

GBPUSD hits two week highs

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September 11th: Highlights

  • GBP/USD hits two week highs
  • Sterling pulls back against Euro
  • Bank of England leaves rates at 0.5%
  • Euro rises considerably against US Dollar
  • Aussie Dollar holds firm

Sterling Comment

Yesterday, GBP/USD rose to two week highs of 1.5475. The BOE (Bank of England) left monetary policy unchanged and stated recent market turmoil in respect to China’s slowdown did not change the view that the time for a rate increase is soon approaching. The policymakers voted by a majority of 8-1 in favour of keeping interest rates at the current level of 0.5%. The GBP/USD pair is currently trading around 1.5436.

We also saw GBP/EUR rise to 1.3806 following the minutes before losing its gains to spend the bulk of the afternoon trading around 1.3750. Sterling fell further overnight, mirroring movements in the EUR/USD pair, the euro has strengthened as a result of the possible delay in US interest rate hikes. GBP/EUR is currently trading around 1.3666.

Global Comment

The EUR/USD pair jumped considerably yesterday for its sixth winning session on the trot, largely due to disappointing US import export data released. The Labor Department said U.S. import prices dropped 1.8% last month. The pair traded in a broad range between 1.1132 and 1.1295 before settling at 1.1279, up 0.0072 or 0.64% on the session. The pair now currently moving around 1.1292.

In another report released, the Labor Department said the number of individuals filing for initial jobless benefits fell by 6,000 to 275,000 last week, from the previous week’s revised total of 281,000, remaining in an area consistent with a strengthening labor market.

The Aussie held stronger on Friday in Asia with no major data due and investors on hold ahead of weekend Chinese retail sales and industrial production for August. AUDUSD traded at 0.7075, up 0.13%, while USD/JPY changed hands at 120.87, up 0.22%. GBP/AUD is currently moving around 2.1904

The Japanese Nikkei dipped 0.4%, but was due to end a volatile week more than 2% higher. Data released by the government before the market open showed that large Japanese manufacturers sentiment turned positive in the past quarter, which implies that companies were taking the slowdown in China in stride. GBP/JPY is currently moving around 185.94.

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