LONDON, Jan 23 — The pound bounced from a one-month low against the euro hit in the previous session today, as data this week reduced market expectations of a central bank rate cut as early as next week.
Money-market pricing suggests investors now see around a 50 per cent chance of a quarter-point rate cut at next week’s Bank of England policy meeting, down from 70 per cent on Monday, Refinitiv data showed.
“We have had some decent data this week that has pointed to a pick-up in economic sentiment, and that is helping the pound,” said Lee Hardman, a currency strategist at MUFG in London.
Versus the euro, the pound steadied at 84.41 pence, after dipping to a mid-December low of 84.23 pence yesterday. Against the dollar, it was on the back foot at US$1.3129 (RM5.34).
Data this week showed the Confederation of British Industry reporting a pick-up in manufacturers’ sentiment, while jobs data on Tuesday showed the British economy created jobs at its strongest rate in nearly a year in the three months to November. and
The focus now is tomorrow’s January purchasing managers’ index, widely viewed as a forward-looking indicator that could swing the rate debate one way or another.
Broader market positioning has also become favourable towards the pound’s outlook. Latest data showed hedge funds ramped up their long positions on the pound to their highest in more than 1-1/2 years. — Reuters