31st August 2018 Market Update
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?? GBP – Positive signals from both sides over upcoming Brexit talks drove Sterling higher versus the Euro on Thursday, though the ever-present risk of a no-deal divorce means the Pound remains well below 2018 highs. The Pound enjoyed a one-week high against the single currency and was on course for its biggest two-day rise since November. However, in early trading today Sterling has slightly retraced. Versus the dollar yesterday, Sterling lost 0.3% as the greenback clawed back some lost ground.
There are no economic data releases today.
?? EUR – The single currency has softened versus the Pound over the past couple of days, as hopes of a mutually beneficial Brexit deal are raised. Further pressure has come from a rise in Italian government bond yields, though the Euro’s losses are comparatively negligible.
No economic data due today.
?? USD – The Dollar edged higher against its peers on Friday, regaining some of its recent losses. The currency found support as the latest round of US-China trade tensions dulled risk appetite, with weakness in emerging market currencies also buoying the greenback. The Dollar index closed a shade higher also, amid an ongoing trend to invest in the Dollar while trade frictions are unresolved, which has a negative impact on emerging market currencies and this further fuels the Dollar.
There is no data due out today.
No key announcements today.
Summary: Sterling continues upward following positive Brexit sentiment.
US Dollar edges up after latest trade tensions.
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