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Posted July 22nd, 2013 by Charles Purdy

Will Sterling’s good run continue? | Smart Daily Currency Note

GBP/USD – 1.5278

Sterling ended last week on a largely positive note having risen for four days straight against the US dollar and made notable gains against the euro. Sterling benefited from the Monetary Policy Committee minutes released on Wednesday which showed all nine members voting against increasing quantitative easing. Sterling also received some support from Friday’s Public Sector Net Borrowing data that revealed a slight reduction in the deficit during the month of June. Furthermore, a number of key figures predict that key UK GDP data due this Thursday will show an increase in growth during the second quarter giving performance an extra boost. Looking ahead to this week, the aforementioned GDP figures are likely to have a substantial impact upon sterling strength should they differ from last week’s predictions. Outside of this, there is not a huge amount of data being released this week with the potential to impact performance. Mortgage approval data – a leading indicator of demand for housing – has the potential to have some influence when it is released on Tuesday, but the GDP data on Thursday along with on-going speculation on future monetary policy are likely to fuel market movement. Call in now to track sterling’s performance this week.

After a highly volatile week, the US dollar weakened on Friday on the back of on-going concerns about the tapering back of US asset-purchasing. Now that Fed Chairman Bernanke has stated that US monetary policy will be highly accommodative, the US dollar seems to be highly sensitive to new economic data and speculation amongst investors. Despite the fact that ratings agency Moody’s upgrading the AAA credit rating of the world’s largest economy from negative to stable, the currency lost ground against most of its major peers. Given the current sensitivity to new data, this week we can expect the release of Existing Home Sales data on Monday to spark movement as these figures serve as a leading indicator of economic health. Likewise, New Home Sales data on Wednesday is likely to have some impact on the dollar’s performance. Finally, on Thursday traders will look to Unemployment claims data to reveal how the US is faring in its quest to meet unemployment targets. Expect plenty of volatility amidst a raft of data and on-going uncertainty about future monetary policy. Call in now to keep pace with market movements.

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