Mike Paterson’s daily Forex brief
Nothing much to report again as traders have little to feed off and have the added excuse of the US Independence Day holiday to sit on their hands or head to the pub.
EURUSD sits in an ever tightening range of 1.2570-1.2615, EURGBP is still around 0.8040 (GBPEUR 1.2438) while GBPUSD has broken down through support at 1.5650 but failed to make any further headway at this stage.
Rightly giving the Pound a few jitters is today’s main event, former Barclays CEO Bob Diamond’s testimony to the UK Treasury Select Committee over the LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate) fixing scandal where he is now widely expected to use the opportunity to try and bring a few players down with him. There will undoubtedly be a few senior figures at the Old Lady, The City and Whitehall who will be sitting rather uneasily this morning.
On Tuesday Bob Diamond implicated the Bank of England in the scandal by revealing details of a phone call he had with BoE Deputy Governor Paul Tucker that ultimately led to some Barclays staff attempting to fix the LIBOR rate in their bank’s favour. Other banks were also involved and we’ll learn more later for sure.
Eurozone data out this morning brings us final Q1 GDP and Retail Sales but it’s hard to imagine they’ll have much impact.
Stocks and Gold are firming up again with the FTSE holding above the 5650 level I mentioned yesterday and Gold’s hanging onto gains above $1600.
Andy Murray looks in good touch but has another tough match in today’s quarter-final v David Ferrer while England take on the Aussies again in the 3rd ODI match at Edgbaston and Villas-Boas gets another chance in the Premier League, this time with Spurs.
Happy Independence Day hols to all our friends from across the pond.
Interbank Rates 08:50 BST
Today’s Data: BST
09.30-UK- Services PMI 10.00-EU- Eurozone GDP / Eurozone Retail Sales / US Holiday (Independence Day)
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