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GBP/EUR, GBP/USD Stronger - More Pound Sterling Gains Ahead

Published: 20 Jan at 5 PM Tags: Euro, Dollar, Pound Sterling, America, UK, Eurozone, Australian Dollar, New Zealand Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, China, Germany,

Pound Sterling
The Pound spent Tuesday’s trading session advancing on peers like the US Dollar and Euro. Bets that tomorrow’s UK employment data will show a notable improvement in both unemployment and average earnings kept Sterling buoyed. If the data does impress, further Pound gains can be expected.

US Dollar
The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) decision to slash its global growth forecasts for 2015 and 2016 saw demand for safe-haven assets like the US Dollar increase. The ‘Greenback’ was trading in a broadly stronger position even as the US NAHB Housing Market Index failed to record the improvement expected.

Euro
Germany’s producer price index came in below expected levels in December and the report caused some slight Euro declines. The common currency extended and consolidated losses as the day continued in spite of the ZEW economic sentiment surveys for Germany and the Eurozone showing improvement. Speculation surrounding Thursday’s ECB announcement is likely to keep the Euro under pressure in the days ahead.

Australian Dollar
While the Roy Morgan ANZ Consumer Confidence data ticked higher, it was China’s positive ecostats which helped the Australian Dollar advance during the local session. However, the ‘Aussie’ pared gains as economists pointed out that the pace of annual growth in China came in at a 24 year low in 2014.

New Zealand Dollar
Although the New Zealand Dollar initially gained off the back of China’s better-than-expected fourth quarter growth data, the commodity currency edged lower in response to global growth concerns. The ‘Kiwi’ held declines even as the latest Fonterra dairy auction showed an improvement in prices.

Canadian Dollar
The Canadian Dollar plummeted against peers like the Pound and US Dollar on Tuesday as the price of oil fell in response to the IMF’s revised growth forecasts. A concerning Canadian Manufacturing Shipments report also had an adverse impact on the ‘Loonie’. Tomorrow’s Bank of Canada interest decision could be responsible for additional CAD volatility.
As of Tuesday, 20th January 2015, the Pound Sterling currency rates mentioned within this news item were as follows:

GBP EUR exchange rate was 1.3117, GBP USD exchange rate was 1.5145, GBP AUD exchange rate was 1.8551, GBP NZD exchange rate was 1.9808, GBP CAD exchange rate was 1.8346, and GBP CNY exchange rate was 9.411.
Laura Parsons About Author: (359 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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