Cable extended a strong rally today as traders welcomed a neutral statement from the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee. Interest rates were kept fixed at 0.5 percent – a decision that was widely anticipated.
UK manufacturing activity fell in July according to recent figures. Manufacturing production fell by 0.8 percent in July. Analysts had expected a small rise of 0.2 percent on the month, so the release had a negative impact on sterling.
The euro was trading up against the US dollar on Monday. Friday’s US employment figures proved to be unspectacular and gave little support to the greenback. At 173,000 the headline figure for the nonfarm payrolls was firmly at the low end of forecasts.
ECB chair Mario Draghi’s forward assessment for the Eurozone proved to be far more downbeat than markets had expected. In his statement, Draghi predicted that that inflation will remain subdued for “some years” to come and that this is likely to be a threat to future growth in the Eurozone.