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April 23rd: Currency Markets Highlights
- GBP rises on hawkish BOE minutes
- GBP/EUR tops 1.40 for first time in a month
- ECB increases amount of emergency lending
- Optimistic CPI reports from Australia
Sterling spiked yesterday as minutes from the last Bank of England (BOE) Monetary Policy Committee cut a hawkish tone. The minutes stated that the decision between holding and raising rates was “finely balanced” for two MPC members. GBP/USD which was trading at 1.4935 before the release pushed up to 1.5040 immediately afterwards. The pair is currently trading around the 1.50 mark.
GBP/EUR rose above the 1.40 mark yesterday, it’s highest level for over a month. Again, this was largely driven by the BoE minutes, but has drifted a little on the open and the pair currently trades around 1.3990.
The Swiss franc tanked up to 2% against a basket of currencies after the Swiss National Bank stated it was slashing the number of institutions exempt from negative rates on cash deposits held at the central bank. GBP/CHF jumped from 1.4250 to as high as 1.46.
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Wednesday saw the ECB increase the amount of emergency lending permitted to Greek banks in an effort to ensure the country doesn’t run out of cash. The idea of the ELA is to provide an offset to match capital outflows and prevent a cash crunch. Given the outflows, this was the right thing to do. German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipris are catching up later today in Brussels at the EU’s emergency immigration summit and tomorrow, Finance Ministers will meet and hear from the Greek government, in their plea to access yet more bailout funds.
Earlier today we saw German and French service and manufacturing PMI data all miss target with the French manufacturing figure print a very poor recording of 48.4 (less than 50 shows decline). Germany posted 51.9 against forecast of 53.
The Aussie Dollar rose off the back of strong CPI reports. Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed that consumer price rose 0.2% in the first quarter. AUD spiked nearly 1% against USD.
GBP/AUD currently trades at 1.9359 and GBP/NZD currently trades at 1.977
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