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April 24th: Currency Markets Highlights
- GBP/EUR slips to 1.39
- GBP/USD breaks through 1.51, fresh 5 week high
- UK retail sales fell 0.5%
- Chinese economy continues to slow
GBP/USD continued to extend gains and broke above the resistance level of 1.51 for the first time in five weeks, early in the European session, as the US dollar fell further on the back of tepid US economic data released yesterday. GBP/USD is currently trading just over the 1.51 mark.
GBP/EUR was trading lower in the first half of this morning’s session. UK retail sales fell 0.5% in March from February, dragged by a 6.2% reduction in sales at petrol stations and analysts feel consumers are still cautious about their spending. The pair is currently trading around the 1.3910 mark.
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The dollar came under pressure on Thursday after the U.S. Department of Labor announced that the number of individuals filing for initial jobless benefits increased unexpectedly to 295,000 last week. Data also showed that U.S. new home sales dropped 11.4% last month to 481,000 units, compared to expectations for a 5.3% fall to 513,000 units. Disappointing data saw traders trim their dollar exposure before the weekend and Cable crossed 1.51 as a result.
Spain’s unemployment rate rose to 23.8% in the Q1, up from 23.7% in Q4 last year. Analysts had had forecast rate to ease a little to 23.6% in the last quarter, but the reality is Spain is still struggling to make progress.
There are increased concerns over the health of the Chinese economy. Data for the first quarter has shown growth falling to 1.3% quarter on quarter and annually to just 5.3%. Similarly the HSBC manufacturing Purchasing Managers Indices continues to be in negative territory, which is not a good sign for an economy that is famous for it’s successful growth.
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