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Posted December 2nd, 2010 by Charles Purdy

USD/GBP Rate & Comments for 2nd December 2010

US$/GBP 1.5607

Sterling slipped against a slightly stronger euro yesterday after investors held back on selling the single currency ahead of today’s European Central Bank interest rate policy meeting. Earlier in the day, sterling stopped just shy of the €1.20/£1 mark, hitting €1.1995/£1 as purchasing manager data for the UK manufacturing sector came in far better than expected. However, ahead of today’s ECB meeting, investors scaled back on the amount of ‘short positions’ (i.e. bets against the euro) in case the meeting revealed something that brought euro strength. The manufacturing data did help sterling recover some ground against the US dollar, reaching a daily high of $1.5649/£1 after dropping to a 2 month low of $1.5485/£1 on Tuesday. In terms of data released today, there is construction purchasing manager data which could cause similar movement, so get in touch now to ensure you don’t lose out.

In the USA, the US dollar fell by over 1% against the euro ahead of the ECB’s interest rate meeting today in which many analysts speculated that the European Bank would announce measures to prevent further bailouts from crippling the region. In addition, there were also rumours that the USA would help support the region with higher contributions to the International Monetary Fund. There is US unemployment figures released today, so call in now for a live exchange rate.


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