Sterling has resumed its recent upward trend against the kiwi, buoyed by brief market selling in high-yielders and by the MPC minutes

Sterling climbed over a cent and a half against the kiwi in trading yesterday as the market briefly turned bearish on higher-yielding currencies.

  • The pound reversed losses incurred on Monday, but closed the day some way from its intra-day high of 2.2000 as investors held back from taking significant positions ahead of the UK MPC minutes released today.
  • The kiwi dollar, which has broadly risen as the global economy shows increasing signs of recovery, fell back as demand for “riskier” assets stumbled following some weak economic data from the US economy.
  • The US Producer Price Index revealed an unexpected monthly drop of 0.6%, with forecasts predicting a rise of 0.1%. Housing starts also disappointed market expectations, resurfacing concerns over the pace of US economic recovery.
  • In response, global equities also halted their recent rally, which spurred a pull back from higher-yielding currencies, allowing the pound to gain.
  • In trading this morning, the pound is broadly rising, sustained by the minutes from the latest UK MPC minutes, which revealed that a unanimous decision to keep QE on hold.