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Posted January 30th, 2012 by Charles Purdy

EUR/GBP Rate & Comments for 30th January 2012

EURO/GBP - 1.1982

Sterling hit a 5 week high against the US dollar on Friday on speculation that agreement would be reached over the weekend in negotiations over Greek debt restructuring. However, as we start the week this has not happened yet. In addition, sterling strengthened on Friday against the euro as a member of the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee made it clear that a further round of Quantitative Easing in February’s meeting was not a done deal. This week sees a wide array of sector activity data in the form of construction, manufacturing and services PMI data which will give a good idea of how the economy is performing. In addition, house price figures are released – call in now for a live exchange rate.

In the euro zone, the performance of the euro last week was a major indicator of how sentiment has improved in the region. This week’s EU summit meeting will bring the issue of the European debt crisis to a fore once again. Key tasks on the agenda include completion of the framework for the ‘Fiscal Compact’ and formal approval of the European Stability Mechanism. Markets are sceptical that these goals will be achieved. In terms of data, there is Spanish GDP data released today that is expected to show a slight drop – however the focus will remain on Greece/ the EU summit. Call in now to avoid losing out.

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