Daily Market Brief – 30th Apr 2015

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April 30th: Currency Markets Highlights

  • US data disappoints
  • USD loses ground
  • No change from FOMC in line with expectation

Sterling Comment

Yesterday was a pretty volatile session and it was all driven by US data. GDP kicked things off coming out much weaker than expected at 0.2%, which sent the EUR higher, moving from around 1.10 to 1.1160. Cable reacted too, driving up from 15360 to over 1.5480, before both pairs softened a little and came off their highs when the FOMC took to the stage. US growth was well down from the 2.2% from Q4 2014 and the report confirmed the US had been hurt by a slump in exports.

Cable is holding firm around 1.5450 this morning, but there isn’t much on the domestic calendar ahead of manufacturing PMI results on Friday, so Sterling movements are likely to be driven by counterparties. We’ve seen this on the open with GBP/EUR falls away, back towards 1.38, as EUR/USD drives higher.

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Euro Comment

On the open, the Euro has driven higher to hit fresh two-week highs against GBP (1.3780) even before any data release. The Euro has extended gains despite weaker German data – both retails sales and employment numbers fell short (Retail data dropped -2.3% Vs. -0.1% and employment fell by only 8k Vs. 15k expected). Today, the data includes Spanish GDP, German unemployment and Eurozone CPI, which is probably the most likely to cause any reaction.

US Dollar Comment

The FOMC was unsurprising and pretty much in-line with expectations – their stance remains data dependent – but it did note that some of the recent weak data was “transitory” and only temporary. Time will tell on that point. The market has taken this to mean the data doesn’t support a rate move yet, but the Fed is leaving the door open and there is still an outside chance of tightening earlier than the general Q4 expectation. The statement repeated the stance that growth will rebound up to a “moderate pace” and that inflation will move back towards its goal of 2 percent over time.

In the US today, Weekly Jobless Claims are forecast to improve slightly to 290k from last week’s 295k and Personal Consumption Expenditure is noteworthy as it is the Fed’s preferred inflation reference point forecast to rise to 2%, up from 1.4% last month, which would serve to support the FOMC rhetoric last night.

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Morning mid-market rates – The majors
48-GBP GBP > USD 147-USD1.5444
48-GBP GBP > EUR 45-EUR1.3797
45-EUR EUR > USD 147-USD1.1190
45-EUR EUR > GBP 48-GBP0.7248

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