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Exchange Rate Update: Pound Drops (GBP/USD) Euro Under Pressure (EUR/USD)

Published: 9 Oct at 10 AM Tags: Euro, Dollar, Pound Sterling, America, UK, Eurozone, Australian Dollar, New Zealand Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Germany, Japan, South Africa,

Pound Sterling
GBP/EUR – Trading in the Region of 1.1853
Worse than anticipated industrial/manufacturing production and trade balance data saw the Pound extend recent declines against the Euro and US Dollar as the European session progressed. Although the British currency could claw back losses if today’s NIESR GDP estimate is strong, Sterling is likely to remain under pressure prior to tomorrow’s Bank of England rate decision.

US Dollar
USD/EUR – Trading in the Region of 0.7394
While news that Janet Yellen, a supporter of quantitative easing, is set to become the next Chairman of the Federal Reserve saw the US Dollar fluctuate against several of its peers, the ‘Greenback’ was able to advance on the Yen as the safe haven asset lost its appeal.

EUR/USD – Trading in the Region of 1.3526
A less-than-impressive factory orders figure from Germany weakened the Euro yesterday and continued to weigh on the common currency as Wednesday’s European session began. If today’s German industrial production data shows the 1.4 per cent drop anticipated, further Euro losses could occur.

Australian Dollar
AUD/USD – Trading in the Region of 0.9436
Although Australia’s consumer confidence index showed a decline in sentiment, the ‘Aussie’ was still able to end local trade slightly stronger against the US Dollar as investors looked ahead to tomorrow’s employment figures. The reports are expected to show that Australia’s unemployment rate held at 5.8 per cent in September, with the economy adding 15,000 positions.

New Zealand Dollar
NZD/USD – Trading in the Region of 0.8287
With retail card spending in New Zealand defying expectations for an increase of 0.3 per cent by dropping 0.8 per cent, the ‘Kiwi’ fell against its US and British counterparts overnight. However, the South Pacific currency could recover ground if today’s performance of manufacturing index delivers a pleasant surprise.

Canadian Dollar
CAD/USD – Trading in the Region of 0.9643
While a report published yesterday revealed a stronger-than-forecast increase in Canadian housing starts, US inspired concerns weighed on the ‘Loonie’ and pushed the commodity-driven asset to a four-week low against its US rival.

Japanese Yen
USD/JPY – Trading in the Region of 97.3500
During Australasian trading the Yen slid against several of its higher-yielding peers as investors turned from the safe-haven asset in response to Janet Yellen speculation. The Yen was little affected by the publication of minutes from the Bank of Japan’s latest policy meeting.

South African Rand
USD/ZAR – Trading in the Region of 9.9578
The Rand rallied to a week high against the US Dollar as the odds of QE-supporting Janet Yellen adopting the role of Chairman of the Federal Reserve increased. While US news will be the main market-mover today, investors will also be looking ahead to tomorrow’s South African mining/manufacturing production figures.
As of Wednesday, 9th October 2013, the Pound Sterling currency rates mentioned within this news item were as follows:

GBP EUR exchange rate was 1.1803, GBP USD exchange rate was 1.5958, GBP AUD exchange rate was 1.6881, GBP NZD exchange rate was 1.9225, GBP CAD exchange rate was 1.6584, GBP JPY exchange rate was 155.5484, and GBP ZAR exchange rate was 15.9026.
Laura Parsons About Author: (360 Posts)Laura works in the financial sector as a currency analyst, studying the latest global economic developments and assessing their impact on the foreign exchange market. Laura uses her currency knowledge to write articles focussing on market movements and trends for several independent financial websites.

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