Sterling made gains against the aussie as the price of gold fell back

The pound posted gains against the aussie yesterday, reversing its steep fall at the end of last week as investors cashed profits, closing up 0.8% at 1.7822.

  • The aussie was broadly weaker in trading yesterday as investors took the opportunity to take profits following sharp gains made on Friday.
  • The price of gold also continued to fall yesterday, discouraging investment in the commodity linked currency. Gold quoted around 1053/oz yesterday, though probably due more to profit taking than lack of strength.
  • In trading this morning, the aussie is slightly up on the day, though investors are likely to remain wary ahead of sales data in the UK and a consumer confidence survey in the US
  • In addition, investors may well caution against long positions ahead of Thursday when the US 3 rd quarter GDP figure is released. The economy is forecast to have grown by 3.3% in the quarter, though if it undershoots this target it could trigger a wave of selling in riskier currencies.