This week’s data that could affect exchange rates

Monday 28th April 2014
Good morning. Today I will give a brief outline of how Sterling exchange rates start the week, and then I’ll list all the economic data releases that I think will affect currency prices this week. 

Let’s start with how the Pound is performing this Monday morning. Sterling has risen against the US Dollar this morning, hitting $1.6850. This was due to a strengthening of the Pound after U.S. drug maker Pfizer confirmed it had made a bid approach to Britain’s second-biggest drugs group, AstraZeneca.  

There weren’t any gains for Pound/Euro however, as the Euro is being kept strong by expectations that EU inflation will rise when figures are released later this week. 

Below I will list the main data releases I think will affect exchange rates. If you have a currency transaction to perform, and would like to get a quote or discuss how I can assist you, click here to send me a free no obligation enquiry. 

This week’s economic data releases. 

Monday 28th April 2014 

It’s been a quiet start to the week, with the merger and acquisition news about Astra Zeneca giving the Pound a lift. The rest of today is also quiet, with some US Home Sales data due at 3pm. Later this evening we will see New Zealand’s latest trade balance data that could affect GBP/NZD rates. 

Tuesday 29th April 2014 

Today is the main day this week that might affect Pound/Euro rates. At 09:30am we will see the latest UK Gross Domestic Product figures. They’re expected to come in at 0.9% (quarterly) and 3.2% (annually), so any deviation from these numbers could see the Pound rise or fall accordingly. 

This is followed at 10am by EU Investor and Consumer confidence, so the Euro’s value could also be affected today. There are also German inflationary releases due at 1pm. 

Wednesday 30th April 2014 

Late on Tuesday evening UK Consumer confidence figures were due to be released, so when the markets open at 8am we could see some reaction. Also today we have Germany Retail Sales and Unemployment, and EU inflation numbers, so GBP/EUR could be affected. 

It’s a busy day stateside today, with GDP figures, a FED interest rate decision, and FED policy statement all expected to affect Sterling/Dollar rates. 

Thursday 1st May 2014 

Some minor Credit and Mortgage data is released from the UK this morning but I don’t expect it to affect rates. The rest of today’s ecostats are from the USA: Jobless Claims, a speech by Janet Yellen the FED chair, Manufacturing and Construction. GBP/USD will therefore be the currency pair most at risk today. 

Friday 2nd May 2014 

UK Construction data, along with EU Unemployment and growth forecasts will drive the Sterling/Euro pair today. This afternoon we have the US Non-Farm Payrolls – these are usually very different from forecast so often causes GBP/USD to move – the numbers are released at 1.30pm so expect a choppy day’s trade for cable. 

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