The Pound made gains against its EUR counterpart during the first day of 2017 trading, following positive UK Manufacturing data released yesterday morning.
The figure came in well above market expectation and this immediately gave Sterling a boost, although it still struggled to make any significant impact against the USD.
GBP/EUR rates spiked by over a cent, with the pair hitting 1.1792 at this morning’s high. This has once again presented those clients holding Sterling with an opportunity and considering the recent volatility on the pair and the fact Sterling is struggling to sustain these improvements, I would be very tempted to take advantage if I had a short-term GBP/EUR requirement.
We are still no closer to understanding how we will facilitate our exit from the EU, when Article 50 is triggered (assuming the timeline remains the same) in March. This market uncertainty has been a huge weight around the UK economies shoulders and as such the Pound has struggled to make sustainable improvement against the major currencies.
With the debate continuing to rumble on as to whether we are going to see a soft or hard Brexit, the market and investors are continually having to second guess the likely outcome. This means that any improvements for the Pound have been relatively short-lived and this was one of the main reasons I felt clients who were holding Sterling positions should be looking to take advantage of any short-term spikes.
The UK economy remains extremely fragile and whilst any information released by UK Prime Minister Theresa May regarding how we will facilitate our Brexit, is likely to help remove some of this uncertainty, so far we are yet to hear any real plan or long-term vision.
Looking ahead and we have UK Construction data out this morning followed by Services figures on Thursday, so expect further movement for Sterling over the coming days.
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