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Sterling skids to two-week lows; dollar up

| Updated: October 24, 2017 19:52:38


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Pound skidded to a two-week low on Friday amid doubts over the outlook for Bank of England interest rate moves and concerns over Brexit, when the dollar climbed, as investors bet a fiscal boost may push up US inflation.

Sterling has been pushed lower this week by a combination of weak data and comments from BoE policymakers that markets have interpreted as dovish, reports Reuters.

The pound is down to $1.3122 against the dollar, its lowest level since Oct. 9. It has fallen more than 1.0 per cent for the week.

Although investors are pricing in an 80 per cent chance of a first 25 basis-point interest rate hike will come at the Bank of England’s next policy meeting on Nov. 2, doubts are growing about future rate hikes.

Investors are also closely following a two-day European Union summit.

On Thursday evening British Prime Minister Theresa May appealed to EU leaders to help her silence critics at home and break a deadlock in the Brexit talks.

The dollar rose 0.7 per cent on Friday to 113.30 yen, having risen to as high as 113.315 yen at one point, its strongest level since Oct. 6.

The New Zealand dollar sank to a five-month low on concerns the new Labour coalition will take a harder stance on immigration and foreign investment than the outgoing center-right government.

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