Marketwatch EU & UK

Daily Insights
May 22, 2024

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  • The sterling advances against the greenback after inflation data showed that price pressures in the UK fell less than expected in April, increasing doubts to when the Bank of England will be able to cut interest rates.
  • CPI YoY for April rose 2.3%, down from 3.2% prior, while economists estimated a reading of 2.1%. Services inflation – a key measure that the BOE watches carefully – stayed at 5.9%, from previous 6% and the core reading fell to 3.2% from prior 4.2%.
  • While inflation is at its lowest since the summer of 2021, the evidence that prices are not cooling as quickly as estimated it is likely to make the BOE Governor Andrew Bailey and its colleagues hesitant in quickly cutting interest rates.
  • GBP/USD is up 0.3% and trades at 1.2747, looking to consolidate gains for a fourth consecutive day, while EUR/GBP falls 0.3% to 0.8518, the lowest since March 11.

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  • In the US, two Federal Reserve officials, Collins and Mester, reinforced the higher-for-longer message on the current borrowing cuts, and the need for patience as the central bank needs further evidence that inflation is on a solid path lower to be able to cut interest rates.

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  • In the euro-area, ECB’s President Christine Lagarde is due to speak later today and the Euro trades at 1.0860.

Economic Calendar

NZD - Official Cash Rate
NZD - RBNZ Monetary Policy Statement
NZD - RBNZ Rate Statement
NZD - RBNZ Press Conference
GBP - CPI y/y
GBP - Core CPI y/y
GBP - PPI Input m/m
GBP - PPI Output m/m
GBP - Public Sector Net Borrowing
GBP - RPI y/y
CNY - Foreign Direct Investment ytd/y
GBP - HPI y/y
EUR - German 10-y Bond Auction
EUR - German Buba Monthly Report
GBP - MPC Member Breeden Speaks
GBP - Monetary Policy Report Hearings
USD - Existing Home Sales
USD - Crude Oil Inventories
USD - FOMC Meeting Minutes
NZD - RBNZ Gov Orr Speaks
NZD - Retail Sales q/q
NZD - Core Retail Sales q/q
AUD - Flash Manufacturing PMI
AUD - Flash Services PMI

Market Indicators

Currency Pairs
Pair High Low
eur/gbp 0.85413 0.85162
gbp/usd 1.27494 1.27069
gbp/aud 1.91107 1.903
gbp/nzd 2.08602 2.0676
usd/jpy 156.391 156.141
eur/usd 1.08634 1.08518
gbp/jpy 199.361 198.527
eur/cnh 7.87168 7.862
usd/cnh 7.24966 7.24363
Equities and Commodities
Nasdaq 100 18735.9
DOW 39876.4
S&P 500 5326.2
WTI 78.02
GOLD 2414.78

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About Francisco Mioludo


Francisco Mioludo is a trader for GPS Capital Markets at the London office. Before joining GPS, Francisco worked in Market Risk at a commodity trading firm in London where he gained valuable skills for his current role. Francisco looks after our EU and UK sales team with everything from analysis to structuring and pricing.