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May 2019 News Archive

Archived Daily FX News from the Money Transfer News Team...

Euro to Australian Dollar Exchange Rate Hits Best since January on Solid Eurozone Data and RBA Rate Cut Bets Published: 15 May at 1 PM
The Euro to Australian Dollar (EUR/AUD) exchange rate’s rally has lasted for almost a full month now, and the pair is looking on track to sustain another strong set of gains this week unless tomorrow’s highly anticipated Australian job market report beats market expectations. Following last week’s climb from 1.5975 to 1.6050, EUR/AUD...
British Pound to US Dollar Exchange Rate Losses Limited despite Impressive US Non-Farm Payroll Report Published: 3 May at 3 PM
Even though the Federal Reserve has taken a more hawkish than expected tone on the US economic outlook and some key US data has beaten expectations, the British Pound to US Dollar exchange rate’s losses on Friday were limited. Weakness in market risk-sentiment kept investors hesitant to buy the US Dollar too much. After opening this week...
Currency Update: Euro to US Dollar Exchange Rate (EUR/USD) Rises 0.7% despite Italian Political Crisis Published: 30 May at 1 PM
Euro to US Dollar (EUR/USD) Exchange Rate Rally Triggered by Historic Low for German Jobless Rate Today’s Euro to US Dollar (EUR/USD) exchange rate rise represents a recovery for the single currency; looking further back the pairing is still near a 10-month low. The Euro has recently been supported by a range of Eurozone confidence...
Retail Sales Recovery Triggers 0.5% Pound to Canadian Dollar (GBP/CAD) Exchange Rate Rise Published: 24 May at 2 PM
Pound to Canadian Dollar (GBP/CAD) Exchange Rate Rises as Retail Sales Stats Beat Forecasts The Pound to Canadian Dollar exchange rate (GBP/CAD) dipped on Wednesday’s trading session, but has since risen by 0.5% thanks to UK retail sales data for April. The readings have shown levels of sales rise by more than expected during April,...
Pound to US Dollar (GBP/USD) Exchange Rate Drops -0.3% Today after Post-Brexit Customs Union Rejected Published: 17 May at 4 PM
Fading Hopes for UK Customs Union Membership Trigger Pound to US Dollar (GBP/USD) Exchange Rate Decline Today has been relatively quiet in terms of UK economic data, so the Pound to US Dollar (GBP/USD) exchange rate has instead been affected by Brexit news. Wednesday’s session of Prime Minister’s Questions brought hopes that the UK...
Pound Euro (GBP/EUR) Exchange Rate Fluctuates as UK Labour Market Continues to Tighten Published: 15 May at 5 PM
- UK Unemployment Holds at 42-Year Low – Pound Euro (GBP/EUR) Exchange Rate Struggles to Capitalise - The Pound Euro (GBP/EUR) exchange rate fluctuated on Tuesday, struggling to capitalise on a run of upbeat UK labour market readings. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), wage growth in the UK has finally exceeded...
British Pound to Euro Exchange Rate Trends Near Worst Levels Despite Slowing Eurozone Inflation Published: 3 May at 4 PM
Thursday’s data gave investors little reason to buy the British Pound to Euro (GBP/EUR) exchange rate. As the latest UK services stats worsened Britain’s short-term economic outlook, it had a bigger downside effect on GBP/EUR despite the Eurozone’s latest inflation disappointment. Ultimately, due to weakness in both the Pound and the...
Australian Dollar Plummets -0.7% against Canadian Dollar after Chinese Credit Rating Downgrade Published: 24 May at 4 PM
Australian Dollar Slumps as Moody’s Worries about Chinese Economy As well as direct Australian news weakening Australian Dollar demand today, the AUD has also slipped due to Moody’s downgrading its Chinese credit rating. For the first time in nearly 20 years, the company cut its Chinese credit score from A1 to Aa3. In other scales,...
US Dollar to Japanese Yen Exchange Rate Plunges on Trump Uncertainty Published: 19 May at 1 PM
The US Dollar to Japanese Yen exchange rate has seen its worst drop since March this week. Scandals surrounding US President Donald Trump have weakened the ‘Greenback’ and left ‘safe haven’ currencies like the Yen more appealing. USD/JPY began the week trading at around 113.33. The pair then plummeted in the middle of the week and...
Pound to Swedish Krona Exchange Rate Slumps as BoE Turns Dovish Published: 11 May at 4 PM
Pound Slips as BoE Downgrades Growth Forecasts and Predicts Wage Squeeze The Pound has fallen sharply against the Swedish Krona today, from an opening exchange rate of 11.54 to the latest lows of 11.41. Bank of England (BoE) announcements have triggered this decline, with the BoE interest rate decision starting off the day’s...
Euro to Canadian Dollar Exchange Rate Slips as Investors Take Profit Following Macron Win Published: 8 May at 1 PM
The Euro to Canadian Dollar exchange rate slipped from its highs last week and continued to drop on Monday. This was despite general optimism in the Eurozone following the election of pro-EU Emmanuel Macron as the next President of France. EUR/CAD advanced from 1.4879 to 1.5014 last week but was unable to hold Friday’s high of 1.5148....
Euro Japanese Yen Exchange Rate Slides on French Election, Remains Near 1-Year Highs Published: 5 May at 1 PM
The Euro has fallen moderately against the Japanese Yen today, but remains close to its best exchange rate since May 2017 at 123.05. The latest Eurozone news has been positive, with retail activity in April rising from 49.5 to 52.7. A figure above 50 points indicates sector growth, which is a relief of Euro traders. Despite the good...
Euro to New Zealand Dollar Exchange Rate Weaker after Optimistic NZ News Published: 3 May at 3 PM
The Euro to New Zealand Dollar exchange rate has been pushed lower this week by a mix of political jitters and a stronger New Zealand Dollar, despite Eurozone data consistently impressing. EUR/NZD has lost around a cent in value so far this week. After beginning the week at the level of 1.5870 the pair had dropped to a weekly low of 1.5688...
US Dollar to Indian Rupee Exchange Rate Trended Lower on Bullish Risk Appetite Published: 26 May at 4 PM
With US data proving mixed the US Dollar to Indian Rupee (USD/INR) exchange rate extended its downtrend on Thursday, driven lower by a decline in safe-haven demand. Diminishing Odds of Fed Rate Hike Weighed on US Dollar While members of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) have continued to express a hawkish outlook on monetary...
US Dollar Continues Attempts to Recover from May?s 18-Month Low Against Yen Published: 17 May at 3 PM
The US Dollar to Japanese Yen (USD/JPY) exchange rate briefly strengthened on Tuesday’s session to hit its highest point in May on underwhelming Japanese data, but mixed US news including weekly earnings held the ‘Greenback’ down. US Dollar (USD) Struggles to Advance on Unsurprising CPI, Disappointing Wage Data Despite USD/JPY...
Euro to Japanese Yen Exchange Rate Extended Slump despite BoJ?s Easing Hints Published: 13 May at 5 PM
At the end of the week the Euro to Japanese Yen (EUR/JPY) exchange rate trended lower, as Eurozone data proved mixed and investors dismissed the latest comments from the Bank of Japan (BoJ). Mixed Eurozone GDP Results Saw Euro Exchange Rate Weaken In spite of news that Germany’s first quarter GDP had bettered expectations this was not...
Pound Sterling to US Dollar Exchange Rate Falls as US Data Beats out UK Data Published: 4 May at 3 PM
The Pound Sterling to US Dollar exchange rate (GBP/USD) slipped further from its weekly high on Wednesday as another negative PMI print weighed on the Pound and surprisingly positive data released from the US. <h2>British Economic Worries Continue as Construction PMI Scores Lower</h2> The Pound has struggled to hold its...
US Dollar to Philippine Peso (USD/PHP) Exchange Rate Dips despite Rare Philippine Growth Slowdown Published: 28 May at 3 PM
The US Dollar to Philippine Peso (USD/PHP) exchange rate edged lower during Thursday’s European session. In response to increasing speculation that the Federal Reserve will hike the benchmark interest rate before the close of the year, the US Dollar advanced across the board. The positive sentiment has overshadowed relatively poor...
Pound Sterling to Swedish Krona (GBP/SEK) Exchange Rate Forecast to Strengthen on Mixed Swedish Data Published: 27 May at 12 PM
After Swedish economic data produced mixed results, the Pound Sterling to Swedish Krona exchange rate climbed by around 0.34%. The Pound is generally holding steady versus most of its peers, however, as traders await the Queens speech which will outline the policies of the new Conservative government. Having registered...
Pound Sterling to Singapore Dollar (GBP/SGD) Exchange Rate Trending within a Limited Range as UK Sales Better Estimates Published: 26 May at 4 PM
In response to positive British sales data, the Pound edged higher versus many of its currency competitors. The appreciation has been somewhat sluggish, however, thanks to anxieties regarding the 2017 European Union referendum. The Confederation of British Industry's Reported Sales eclipsed the median market forecast of a jump from 12 to...
Euro to South African Rand (EUR/ZAR) Exchange Rate Trends within Narrow Range after SARB Held Rates Published: 21 May at 5 PM
The Euro to South African Rand (EUR/ZAR) exchange rate was trending within a tight range on Thursday afternoon. Despite the fact that the Eurozone produced largely negative economic data, the common currency strengthened versus a handful of currencies. The appreciation can be linked to a fairly hawkish account of the European Central...
US Dollar to Russian Ruble (USD/RUB) Exchange Rate Forecast to Strengthen ahead of FOMC Minutes Published: 20 May at 5 PM
As traders await minutes from the most recent Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, the US Dollar is generally trending higher versus several of its currency competitors. The advance was somewhat stymied by MBA Mortgage Applications, however, which declined by -1.5% in the week ending May 15th, although the result was better than the...
Pound Sterling to Indonesian Rupiah (GBP/IDR) Exchange Rate Forecast to Edge Lower after Bank Indonesia Refrain from Cutting Rates Published: 19 May at 5 PM
The Pound Sterling to Indonesian Rupiah is currently trending in the region of 20465.9451. The British Pound edged lower versus the majority of its most traded currency rivals on Tuesday. This was due to inflation falling into negative territory. April’s Consumer Price Index dropped to -0.1% on the year, the first time we have seen...
Pound Sterling to Thai Baht (GBP/THB) Exchange Rate Forecast to Dive as Thai Growth Betters Estimates Published: 18 May at 12 PM
The Pound Sterling to Thai Baht (GBP/THB) exchange rate dived by around -0.70% on Monday morning. With British economic data printing relatively disappointingly on Monday, the Pound edged lower versus many of its major peers. The depreciation was somewhat slowed, however, amid heightened demand after a spate of profit-locking took the...
Pound Sterling to Turkish Lira (GBP/TRY) Exchange Rate Forecast to Decline after Turkish Unemployment Drops Published: 15 May at 12 PM
The Pound Sterling to Turkish Lira (GBP/TRY) exchange rate softened by around -0.55% on Friday morning. After British construction data printed positively, the Pound strengthened versus the majority of its most traded currency rivals. The advance was aided by the Bank of England (BoE) Governor Mark Carney who stated that the fallout from...
US Dollar to Turkish Lira (USD/TRY) Exchange Rate Hits Fresh Monthly Low as Turkish Election Jitters Ease Published: 14 May at 12 PM
Over the past month or so the US Dollar has declined versus its major peers as a result of disappointing domestic data results. The Federal Reserve previously stated that the Federal Open Monetary Policy Committee (FOMC) would make any rate revision subject to domestic data results. The run of weak ecostats, therefore, caused traders to pare...
Pound Sterling to Indian Rupee (GBP/INR) Exchange Rate Forecast to Dive after BoE Cut Growth Forecast Published: 13 May at 12 PM
The Pound Sterling to Indian Rupee (GBP/INR) exchange rate softened by around -0.50% on Wednesday morning. Although British labour market data produced a positive set of results on Wednesday, the Pound softened versus many of its most traded currency peers. The declination can be attributed to the Bank of England (BoE) cutting the growth...
Euro to South African Rand (EUR/ZAR) Exchange Rate Forecast to Rally as Eskom Woes Overshadow Positive South African Data Results Published: 12 May at 5 PM
The Euro to South African Rand (EUR/ZAR) exchange rate rallied by around 0.93% on Tuesday afternoon. Although geopolitical tensions between Greece and Eurozone officials has far from abated, the shared currency strengthened on Tuesday in response to Greece managing to pay the International Monetary Fund (IMF) €750 million ahead of schedule....
South African Rand (ZAR) Weathers Poor Domestic Data to Trade Flatly Published: 6 May at 8 PM
Although South Africa’s gauge of Consumer Confidence showed a decline in sentiment, the Rand was able hold its own against the US Dollar as an ecostat from the North American nation also failed to impress. The Rand initially declined against the ‘Greenback’ as investors digested the news that South Africa’s Consumer Confidence index...
Pound Sterling falls against the Euro for the third day in a row Published: 30 May at 9 AM
The aftermath of the European election results continue to be felt with the pound continuing to fall against the majority of the 16 most actively traded currencies in the foreign exchange market. In a quiet news day in the UK, the UK Treasury revealed that 7,313 homes with a total value of £1 billion have been sold so far under the...
The pound continues to slip in the aftermath of the European elections Published: 29 May at 8 AM
For the second day in a row, the pound fell against the majority of the 16 most actively traded currencies as the repercussions of last week’s European and local elections are still being felt with the Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg coming under pressure from his own party following their poor showing at the polls. This despite the...
Pound falls on European elections aftermath Published: 28 May at 9 AM
The pound fell away from recent highs against the majority of the 16 most actively traded currencies in the market yesterday after the announcement over the weekend that UKIP had won last week’s European elections. This despite better than expected data out of the UK yesterday. Firstly, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)...
Pound rises ahead of the European elections Published: 22 May at 8 AM
Ahead of the European elections, the pound benefited from a further batch of data which underlined the growing economic recovery in the UK. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that the volume of UK retail sales grew by 1.3% month-on-month in April and by 6.9% in the last year. The ONS report suggests that a better than...
The pound hits a 16 month high against the euro Published: 21 May at 8 AM
The pound rose to hit a new 16 month high against the euro yesterday after the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that the UK CPI increased by 0.2% in April to 1.8%, up from a reading of 1.6% in March. This will inevitably lead to an increase in speculation as to whether the Bank of England will raise UK interest rates as early...
A quiet start to the trading week Published: 20 May at 8 AM
The markets were quieter than normal as a lack of economic data led to smaller than usual trading volumes ahead of a busy midweek. The markets continue to take stock of the latest comments on the UK housing market from Bank of England Governor Mark Carney who said yesterday that the main domestic risk to financial stability in the UK and...
The return of risk aversion Published: 16 May at 9 AM
Risk aversion made a return to the market yesterday after some poor data out of the euro zone and decidedly mixed data out of the US spooked the markets. Overall risk appetite and the euro in particular was hit by disappointing data. This latest data release showed that although the German economy grew during the first quarter of 2014 at...
The pound fell heavily yesterday Published: 15 May at 10 AM
The pound fell heavily yesterday against the majority of the 16 most actively trade currencies after a ‘dovish’ report from the Bank of England and the latest UK employment data. Presenting the latest quarterly inflation report, Bank of England (BoE) Governor Mark Carney said “The economy has just started to head back to normal. As...
Pound continues to trade around a 16 month high against the euro Published: 14 May at 8 AM
The pound, having opened the week rising to a new 16 month high against the euro held on to the gains yesterday. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) reported that UK retail sales rose by 4.2% in the 12 months to April 2014 on a like-for-like basis. Helen Dickinson, Director-General of the BRC said "Retails sales growth for the 12...
Pound holding ground ahead of BOE inflation report Published: 13 May at 2 PM
The Pound was treading water on Tuesday as the currency’s rally came to a halt ahead of tomorrow’s Bank of England inflation and UK unemployment data reports. Sterling edged lower from a 16-month high against the Euro despite a report showing that retail sales rose by their biggest-level in three-years in April. The BRC Sales...
The pound reaches a 3 month high against the euro Published: 9 May at 10 AM
The pound rose to a 3 month high yesterday afternoon against the euro after the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted to maintain unchanged both the benchmark interest rate at 0.5% and the stock of purchased assets, commonly known as Quantitative Easing (QE) at £375 billion. Meanwhile, the Royal Institution of...
The pound holds on to recent gains Published: 8 May at 9 AM
The pound held on to the strong gains made on Tuesday after the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) predicted that the UK economy will grow by 3.2% in 2014 and 2.7% in 2015 which if it materialises will make the UK one of the fastest growing G10 economies over the period. In its accompanying statement, the OECD...
Pound at a 4 ? year high against the dollar Published: 7 May at 9 AM
The pound opened this short trading week close to a 15 month high against the euro and at a 4 ½ year high against the US dollar as UK economic data continues to improve. Markit reported yesterday that both the UK services and manufacturing sectors grew at a faster than expected rate in April. Markit's 'all sector' purchasing managers...
The pound holds on to its recent gains Published: 2 May at 8 AM
The pound remains within a percent of the best rates against the euro for 15 months and very close to a 5 year high against the dollar after the latest batch of economic data from the UK showed that the economic recovery seems to be both broad based and solid. Firstly Markit reported that UK Manufacturing PMI hit a three year high in...
The pound rose to a 5 year high against the dollar Published: 1 May at 11 AM
The pound traded at a 5 year high against the US dollar yesterday after another poor set of US economic data put the dollar under pressure. The US Commerce Department reported that US gross domestic product expanded at just 0.1% during the first quarter of 2014. Analysts had expected the US economy to have slowed down but still expected a...
The market seems to be in ?consolidation? mode Published: 31 May at 2 PM
Data out from the UK, US and the euro zone failed to have any dramatic impact on the markets yesterday. Instead, the markets seem to be in ‘ consolidation’ mode as we start the last trading day of the month. In the UK, data from the Nationwide suggest that UK house price growth continued to accelerate in May with the number of...
The foreign exchange markets fret again Published: 30 May at 9 AM
After the positive stance of Tuesday, the markets went into reverse yesterday amidst concerns about the direction of monetary policy in the world’s biggest economy and some poor economic data out yesterday. The more negative tone was set by a report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) which cut global...
Better US data cheers the markets Published: 29 May at 11 AM
Better than expected US data sparked the markets into life in this short trading week yesterday. Sentiment was boosted by a better than expected House price data which surged to a seven year high. In addition, data showed that US consumer confidence surged to a five-year high. Sentiment was also boosted by comments from a European...
The return of risk appetite? Published: 28 May at 10 AM
A return to risk appetite in the markets is likely to mark trading today after the low trading volumes experienced yesterday with both the London and New York markets closed yesterday. Analysts expect the markets to play ‘catch up’ today as investors have had an opportunity to weigh up last week’s events and, in particular, US...
Risk sentiment turns negative Published: 24 May at 11 AM
A major sell-off of risk was felt in worldwide stock markets yesterday after the Japanese stock market fell by 7.3% yesterday, its biggest one-day fall in 13 years. The losses extended to all the European bourses but although the Dow in New York opened over 100 points down, it closed fractionally down on the day after staging something of a...
The pound sterling continues to fall Published: 23 May at 11 AM
The pound continues to fall against the majority of the 16 most actively traded currencies yesterday after the publication of the minutes from the last Bank of England (BoE) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting revealed that the MPC voted to unanimously maintain UK interest rates at their historic low figure of 0.5%. The MPC also voted 6-3...
The pound endures a difficult day yesterday Published: 22 May at 1 PM
The latest UK inflation data published yesterday showed that the UK consumer price index fell from 2.8% in March to 2.4% in April 2013 according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The consensus estimate had been for an increase of 2.7%. Whilst some welcomed the news, it also increased speculation that the Bank of England may...
The FTSE-100 index in London hits a 13 year high Published: 21 May at 11 AM
A quiet start to the week saw the US dollar retreat as the ‘risk-on’ rally in world stock markets continues unabated. Yesterday, the Footsie in London hit a 13 year high. Today sees the publication of UK inflation data but tomorrow, with the publication of the minutes of the last Bank of England and Federal Reserve meetings is likely...
BOE leave UK interest rates unchanged Published: 10 May at 10 AM
At its latest policy meeting, the Bank of England decided to maintain current policy settings leaving UK interest rates unchanged at 0.5% and the size of its Quantitative Easing (QE) program also unchanged at a total of £375 billion. Recent economic data has revealed that UK gross domestic product (GDP) climbed 0.3% in the first quarter...
The pound fell yesterday ahead of the Bank of England policy decision Published: 9 May at 9 AM
The pound fell against the majority of the 16 most actively traded currencies yesterday ahead of the key policy announcement from The Bank of England, due at midday today. Analysts believe that despite data out in the last two weeks showing that the UK avoided the so-called ‘triple-dip’ recession, the economic outlook is still so poor...
Pound Sterling exchange rate continues to rise Published: 1 May at 10 AM
The pound starts a new month at multi-week highs against a number of currencies following the release of the GDP data last week that confirmed the UK has avoided a so-called ‘triple-dip’ recession. The pound has also found support as over the last few days, the quality of economic data from the US, China and the euro zone has...