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Posted July 4th, 2013 by Charles Purdy

Good services data boosts sterling | Smart Daily Currency Note

GBP/EUR    1.1731

The strongest day in many weeks for sterling, as Services PMI figures blew forecasts out of the water to post a sixth consecutive month of better-than-expected growth. The sector, which makes up 75% of UK GDP, is performing better than any other area and sterling climbed over a cent in the two hours around the release. Today is Mark Carney’s first day in the public eye with the rate decision, and asset purchasing facility announced. We’re unlikely to see any dramatic changes today – especially in light of the positive data emanating from the UK this week, what will be perhaps more insightful is the minutes from the meeting which are released in a fortnight. Nonetheless, markets will be nervous, and with trading volumes low nervousness is exaggerated into volatility so call your trader to find out where sterling is trading right now.

A dramatic day for the euro as two Portuguese ministers resigned from government, prompting concerns over stability in the region and over the depth of Europe’s sovereign debt crisis. While the euro gained against a weak US dollar, nearly 1% was lost to both sterling and the Japanese yen. The political backdrop will continue to dominate affairs tomorrow, as well as the ECB’s rate decision and subsequent press conference this afternoon. Any change is unlikely, but traders will listen closely for any hints as to future monetary policy. With the holiday stateside, expect volatility to be far greater than normal around the conference. Call your trader today for the very latest news, and up to the second rates for the euro.

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