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Posted September 2nd, 2010 by Charles Purdy

USD/GBP Rate & Comments for 2nd September 2010

USD/GBP – 1.540

Sterling hit a 3 week low against the euro yesterday after UK purchasing manager data came in sharply lower than was expected. The survey asks business purchasing managers whether they have bought more or less this month, and is a key indicator of business activity. It dropped by nearly 3 points on last month to hit the lowest level since November last year. Sterling fell to 1.2007/£1 as a result and struggled against other currencies such as the Australian dollar. Against the US dollar however, sterling broke through a key technical level which saw it hit a high of $1.5444/£1 – above the key 200 day moving average level of $1.5434/£1 which is watched so closely by many traders. However, sterling has shed these gains this morning to drop to $1.5390/£1 as poor data released this morning increased demand for US dollars. The Nationwide house price index showed that house prices have dropped by 0.9% last month sparking concerns over the health of the UK recovery. There is construction sector data released later today which sees further potential for sterling to fall. Call in now for a live price.

In the USA, whilst manufacturing purchasing data showed an improvement that was better than expected, the ADP non-farm payroll figures came in a lot worse than expected. There was an expectation that the figures would show that the US econo9my added 20,000 jobs last month, but the data showed a drop of 10,000 sparking fears that Friday’s ‘main’ non-farm payroll data will be worse than expected. Out today, there is further Unemployment data in the form of the US claimant count and pending home sales data released. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke also testifies to the Senate. Call in now for an exchange rate.

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