The European common currency declined sharply today after the announcement;
The United Kingdom released the producers' price non-seasonally adjusted indexes for January, where the monthly PPI input, which measures the changes in prices of raw materials that are used in the manufacturing process, expanded beyond expectations by 0.5% from the prior drop of 0.6%.
Furthermore, the monthly PPI output, which measures the changes in prices of finished goods manufactured by factories, climbed by 0.5% from the previous drop of 0.2%, adding more pressures on inflation to climb after it declined in the previous month.
Yesterday, the Bank of England left rates unchanged at 0.5% in order to support growth and recovery, while adding more stimuli to support the economic activity, where the bank added another round of easing worth 50 billion pounds. Therefore, and as we all know low rates and further easing don’t control rising inflation; however, the bank projects inflation to undershoot the 2% target over the medium-term, then in result we must wait the coming inflation report for more details.
The sterling pound recorded gains against the U.S. dollar after the news, where the GBP/USD pair is currently trading around $1.5837, after recording the highest at $1.5842 and the lowest at $1.5766, noting that the pair started the session at $1.5814.
However, after the news the British FTSE 100 index was 0.24% or 14.06 points lower, trading now around 5881.21 point, led by the basic material sector, which shed 1.27% so far, while in terms of single shares ICAP plc declined the most today, cutting 3.78% to trade around 367.00 pound per share.
As expected yesterday, the BoE left interest rates on hold at 0.50% and announced another GBP50bn of asset purchases, bringing the total prescribed since the start of the financial crisis to GBP325bn. In the accompanying statement, the monetary policy committee noted that the pace of recovery had slowed in 2011, despite some signs of a more positive picture in the recent data. The central bank also asserted that inflation should continue to moderate going forward; that view, combined with lingering concerns over European sovereign debt issues is likely to have facilitated the decision to inject fresh quantitative easing. http://fasttracktrader.us/
The ECB also held its latest monetary policy meeting yesterday, and as expected, the governing council left interest rates on hold at 1.00%. Reading the prepared statement, ECB President Draghi said surveys confirmed tentative signs of stabilization in the Eurozone, but the outlook was subject to 'high uncertainty' and 'downside risks'. Notably, he clarified that the ECB no longer sees 'substantial' downside economic risks – hinting that perhaps the central bank is now more confident that there will be a happy resolution of the sovereign debt crisis. http://fasttracktrader.us/
Coming up in today’s session, we will get a number of inflation readings from across Europe; including January CPI figures from Germany, Switzerland and Norway, along with the latest UK PPI data. The afternoon session will feature US December trade balance, and the U. Michigan consumer sentiment for February. http://fasttracktrader.us/