GBP Gains as Strong Service PMI Raises Chance of a Summer Rate Hike

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Q2 Rebound as Suggested by PMI Surveys

The Pound saw an uptick against the US Dollar following today’s UK Services PMI report, which rose to its highest level since October at 55.1, above expectations of 54. As such, this rounds off a week of firm data points, in which both the Manufacturing and Construction PMI surveys also beat forecasts. All in all this suggests that the UK growth will likely show a rebound in the second quarter with IHS Markit stating that survey data indicates that GDP likely grew 0.4%, up from 0.2% in Q1.

The better than expected Services PMI report will likely provide ammo for the hawkish members on the BoE committee (last rate decision saw a 6-3 vote split), while BoE rate hike expectations were lifted in response to the data, whereby odds of an August rate hike are at 53% from 49%. In turn, this will likely maintain the recent positive momentum for GBP.

Bank of England to Hike in August Seen as Most Likely Scenario

Source: Thomson Reuters (BoE Rate Hike Expectations)


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