During yesterday’s European session the Pound strengthened modestly against the Euro and continued to trade above 1.54 US Dollars despite better-than-forecast US news. The British currency is likely to experience some volatility in the hours ahead as Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne presents his spending review to parliament. 11.5 billion Pounds of cuts will be detailed.
GBP/EUR is trading in the region of 1.1784 and GBP/USD is trading in the region of 1.5413
Yesterday the US Dollar was able to broadly strengthen as several key pieces of US data exceeded economists’ expectations. US consumer confidence, durable goods orders and new home sales figures all beat forecasts, brightening the economic picture in the US and increasing the odds of the Fed reining in quantitative easing before the end of the year. The ‘Greenback’ did lose ground against a rallying Yen however.
USD/GBP is trading in the region of 0.6489 and USD/EUR is trading in the region of 0.7648
The Euro was little changed against its main peers this morning despite French first quarter GDP coming in on estimate and German consumer confidence advancing from 6.5 to 6.8. While today’s US news could inspire additional Euro movement, investors will largely be looking ahead to tomorrow’s German unemployment figures.
EUR/GBP is trading in the region of 0.8486 and EUR/USD is trading in the region of 1.3075
The ‘Aussie’ was able to advance on the Yen after China’s central bank issued a market-calming statement regarding the stabilization of the nation’s money markets. However, the Australian Dollar continued to weaken against the US Dollar as investors flocked to the safe-haven asset in the wake of better-than-expected US economic data.
AUD/GBP is trading in the region of 0.6025, AUD/EUR is trading in the region of 0.7110 and AUD/USD is trading in the region of 0.9294
New Zealand Dollar
After New Zealand’s Finance Minister Bill English asserted that the ‘Kiwi’ remains slightly overvalued, the South Pacific currency slid against the US Dollar but was little changed against the Yen. The New Zealand Dollar is likely to experience additional movement during the local session following the publication of domestic trade balance and business confidence figures.
NZD/GBP is trading in the region of 0.5032, NZD/EUR is trading in the region of 0.5916 and NZD/USD is trading in the region of 0.7756
Better-than-expected US news saw the Canadian Dollar tumble against several of its most traded peers. The surprisingly strong US consumer confidence figure saw the ‘Loonie’ shed earlier gains against the US Dollar and fall close to a two-year low. Today US news is once again likely to be the main cause of Canadian Dollar movement.
CAD/GBP is trading in the region of 0.6186, CAD/EUR is trading in the region of 0.7301 and CAD/USD is trading in the region of 0.9545
These exchange rates were correct as of 9:25 am