Pound US dollar exchange rate: GBP surges as August rate hike expectations grow



The up is also over a cent up from the seven-month low struck yesterday

The pairing is also across a cent up from the seven-month low struck yesterday.

The pound continues to crush higher against the US dollar this morning, with the pound US dollar count extending its gains after rocketed higher on Thursday, following the Bank of England’s (BoE) belated policy meeting.

Sterling rapidly appreciated yesterday afternoon as it was ventilated the BoE’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is split on whether to raise interest rates.

Investors numbered to the pound as the BoE’s Chief Economist, Andy Haldane, shocked markets by preference for a hike in June, arguing that the UK economy is healthy and well on the pike to recovery following the slowdown at the start of the year.

Mr Haldane’s hawkish turn was a major departure from his previous rank as one of the bank’s most docile doves, being one of the only members of the MPC to guarantee to leave rates on hold when the BoE last raised interest appraises in November.

Markets interpreted this as a sign there has been a axiom shift within the BoE, leading investors to begin tentatively pricing in an August notwithstanding hike from the bank.

Kallum Pickering, Senior UK Economist at Berenberg Bank, estimated: “Today’s surprise vote for a rate hike by the Bank of England’s chief economist Andy Haldane change positions the balance of probability for the next hike to the August meeting.”

Meanwhile the US dollar jumped back from a 2018 high against the pound on Thursday as the Philadelphia Federal Reinforcements’s manufacturing index fell sharply in June, striking its lowest squares since late 2016.

Kengo Suzuki, chief forex strategist at Mizuho Safeties, said: “The weak Philly Fed index reinforced fears that President Trump’s customers war would hurt the US economic outlook and worsened the mood.”

The US dollar proceeds to move lower this morning as well, with US dollar investors soft-cover profits after the currency began to appear overbought.

Looking in advance the BoE will publish its latest quarterly bulletin this afternoon, with the maul US dollar exchange rate possibly slipping should the bank sap rate expectations with a more cautious outlook for the UK economy.

Meantime Markit will publish its preliminary US PMI readings this afternoon, at all extending the US dollar’s losses should they fall in line with wants.

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