Smart Currency Exchange: Euro jumps 1% against US Dollar [14/01/2011]

Smart Currency Exchange: Euro jumps 1% against US Dollar [14/01/2011]

Sterling fell against a stronger euro yesterday, but hit a 1 month high against the US dollar helped by speculation that UK interest rates may rise sooner than expected and following weaker than expectedUS data. With the Bank of England keeping interest rates on hold at record lows of 0.5%, many feel that consistently high inflation will pressure the central bank to raise interest rates later this year. The minutes from yesterday’s meeting are due on January 26th and will be watched very closely for any sign of the Committee’s intent. Sterling fell against the euro after a strong Spanish bond auction and positive comments from ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet sparked investors to cover short positions by buying back euros that had been sold. Manufacturing data beat expectations, coming in at 0.6% against an expectation of 0.5%. In terms of data, there is key producer price inflation today which will give interesting insight into inflation for the rest of the year.

In the euro zone, the euro jumped 1% against the US dollar and sterling as ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet issued a warning about short term inflationary pressures in the region. A Spanish bond auction went far better than expected and helped ease concerns that Spain would join Ireland,Greece and possibly Portugal in the bail out club. Today there is European inflation data for the year so call in now for a live exchange rate.

In the USA, poor US data helped see the euro strengthen by 1% against the US dollar. Figures showed 445,000 new claimants for unemployment insurance against an expectation of 400,000. In addition, food and energy costs saw producer prices rise and indicated fresh headwinds for an economy that had started to show signs of a fresh recovery. However, a rise in exports helped reduce the US trade deficit in November. Out today we have consumer price inflation and retail sales figures, so speak to a trader for a price.

Elsewhere, an emergency meeting of Swiss trades union and industry representatives triggered heavy selling of the Swiss franc and saw it drop to the lowest level since mid-December. Have a great weekend.

EURO/GBP – 1.1777

US$/GBP – 1.5834
CHF/GBP – 1.5227
CAN$/GBP – 1.5722
AUS$/GBP – 1.5887
ZAR/GBP – 10.8070
JPY/GBP
– 130.521
HKD/GBP – 12.3171
NZD/GBP – 2.0604
SEK/GBP – 10.5800
US$/EURO – 1.3448

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