Tag: GBP

Trump sets $50B in China tariffs with Beijing ready to strike back

U.S. President Donald Trump announced hefty tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports on Friday as Beijing threatened to respond in kind, in a move that looks set to ignite a trade war between the world’s two largest economies. Trump, whose hardline stance on trade has seen him wrangle with allies, said in a statement […]

Canada: Monthly Survey of Manufacturing, April 2018

Manufacturing sales fell 1.3% to $56.2 billion in April, following two consecutive monthly increases. Sales were down in 10 of 21 industries, representing 49.6% of the manufacturing sector. Sales in the petroleum and coal products and transportation equipment industries accounted for much of the decrease in April. Excluding these two industries, manufacturing sales rose 0.4%. […]

Dollar is King, but trade tensions cap risk appetite

Friday June 15: Five things the markets are talking about This was always going to be a big week for capital markets and it has not disappointed. Bond prices continue to rally and global equities trade under pressure as Sino-U.S trade tensions threaten to escalate, while capital markets weigh diverging monetary policies from the European […]

ECB – Monetary policy summary June 2018

Main refinancing rate 0.00% Marginal lending facility 0.25% Deposit facility -0.40% Monthly asset purchases €30 billion QE to end by the end of December Asset purchases expected to be tapered to €15 billion from Oct to Dec Decision on asset purchases still depends on incoming data ECB to keep rates unchanged at least until summer […]

Hawkish Fed Boosts US Dollar But Tariffs Bring Currency Down to Earth

The US dollar is lower against major pairs after the U.S. Federal Reserve raised the benchmark Fed funds rate by 25 basis points on Wednesday. The move was heavily anticipated by the market, but the strong pace of the US economy could mean more rate hikes. The latest projections from the US central bank now […]

GBP/USD – British pound steady as CPI matches forecast

The British pound continues to have an uneventful week. In Wednesday’s North American trade, GBP/USD is trading at 1.3378, up 0.04% on the day. On the release front, British CPI remained pegged at 2.4% for a second straight month and matched the forecast. Another key inflation indicator, PPI Input, jumped 2.8%, crushing the estimate of […]

U.S Producer price index

The Producer Price Index for final demand rose 0.5 percent in May, seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Final demand prices advanced 0.1 percent in April and 0.3 percent in March. (See table A.) On an unadjusted basis, the final demand index moved up 3.1 percent for the 12 months ended […]

Fed to hike, but what next?

Wednesday June 13: Five things the markets are talking about Yesterday’s data showed that U.S consumer prices climbed in May, a further sign price pressures stateside are solidifying. The Fed, which began its two-day policy meeting yesterday, is watching price data closely as it weighs the path of short-term interest rates. This afternoon, Fed officials […]

Fed Hike Priced In But Market to Focus on Powell’s Words

The US dollar is higher against major currencies on Tuesday after American inflation came in better than expected ahead of the eagerly anticipated Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) two day meeting. A 25 basis points rate hike has been priced in for months with the CME FedWatch showing a 96.3 percent probability of a lift […]

GBP/USD – Unemployment Claims Sparkle But Pound Yawns

The British pound is unchanged in the Tuesday session. In North American trade, GBP/USD is trading at 1.3389, up 0.05% on the day. On the release front, Britain released key employment numbers. Wage growth edged down to 2.5%, matching the forecast. Unemployment claims dropped by 7.7 thousand, much better than the estimate of a gain […]