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Old 02-08-2023, 11:23
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Default EUR/GBP Stalls Near 0.8600 Ahead of BoE Announcement with Mixed Sentiments

EUR/GBP is currently facing a struggle to maintain its strength near the 0.8600 level, as it enters Wednesday’s London session. The cross-currency pair appears to be brushing off mixed Eurozone data, while at the same time validating concerns over the UK’s economic outlook, resulting in the largest daily surge in two weeks seen in the previous trading session.

The recent release of the UK’s inflation data, which showed a downturn, has given some support to the Bank of England (BoE) hawks, as they try to combat soaring inflation amidst sluggish economic activities and labor market challenges domestically. Adding to the woes of the British Pound (GBP) is the setback faced by the ruling Tory Party in the recent by-elections, where they lost some key seats, further dampening market sentiment towards the currency.

Meanwhile, on the European front, Germany’s Unemployment Rate for June eased to 5.6%, slightly better than the 5.7% forecast and the previous reading. Additionally, the final figures of Germany’s HCOB Manufacturing PMI for July came in as expected at 38.8. Similarly, the Eurozone’s HCOB Manufacturing data also matched the initial forecasts of 42.7.

Supporting the euro, the European Central Bank (ECB) has been taking a “meeting-by-meeting” approach, and their recent decision to implement a 0.25% rate hike has boosted confidence among EUR/GBP bulls.

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