INTERNATIONAL CURRENCY BUZZ
Forex – Dollar Dips on Soft U.S. Factory Data, BoE Boosts Pound
Forex – GBP/USD extends gains, rises to 1.3270
Forex – EUR/USD bulls take a breather above 1.16
The EUR/USD pair benefited from the broad-based selling pressure witness on the USD in the early NA session and erased its daily losses to turn positive above the 1.16 mark. After advancing to a fresh session high at 1.1633, the pair lost its momentum and was last seen trading at 1.1603, where it was up 0.25% on the day. The sudden risk-aversion felt in the last cıouple of hours dragged the 10-year US T-bond yields below the 2.9% mark and weighed on the greenback. The US Dollar Index, which rallied to a fresh 11-month high above 95 earlier today, dropped all the way down to 94.33 before starting to consolidate its losses. At the moment, the index is down 0.23% on the day at 94.55. Meanwhile, today’s data from the United States disappointed with the Philly Fed Manufacturing Index missing the market expectation of 29 with 19.9 in June. Furthermore, the housing price index came in at 0.1% in April to fall short of experts’ estimate of 0.3%.
The GBP/USD pair rose more than 150 pips from the daily low. Earlier today bottomed at 1.3100, the lowest since November. After the BoE decision climbed above 1.3200 and then, a weak US dollar boosted the pair further to the upside. Recently it printed a fresh daily high at 1.3270, the highest level since Tuesday. It was hovering around 1.3250/60, consolidating important daily gains. The pound is among the top performers on Thursday on the back of BoE policy expectations that changed after the 7-2 vote at the MPC and the comments regarding when to consider changes to the purchase program. “The GBP appreciated and Gilt yields rose across the curve on the hawkish signals from the Bank of England. The market is now pricing in above 65% probability of a rate hike in August (17bp priced) compared with around 45% probability prior to the announcement, while a November hike is now almost fully priced in.