UK manufacturing output beats expectations
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UK manufacturing output beats expectations

Manufacturing output in the UK rose by 0.1% m/m and 2.4% y/y. Industrial output rose 0.1% and 0.5% year over year.

GBP/USD is now ticking up after sliding beforehand.

The  UK was expected to report a rise of 0.1% in industrial production in December m/m and +0.7% y/y.  manufacturing production carried expectations for a slide of 0.1% m/m but a gain of 1% y/y.

GBP/USD  slid from a tight range and traded around 1.5220 towards the publication.

The British pound got a boost last week from a series of positive purchasing managers’ indicators, all pointing to stronger growth in the economy. However, with the Bank of England set to leave rates unchanged throughout most of the year, cable faces a struggle as the US is now set to raise rates earlier.

The big event for sterling this week is the release of the BOE’s Quarterly Inflation Report. This event provides Carney and co. an opportunity to set out their forecasts for employment, growth and inflation.

Many economists are still bearish on cable, with one bank seeing 1.38 on GBP/USD.

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Yohay Elam: Founder, Writer and Editor I have been into forex trading for over 5 years, and I share the experience that I have and the knowledge that I've accumulated. After taking a short course about forex. Like many forex traders, I've earned a significant share of my knowledge the hard way. Macroeconomics, the impact of news on the ever-moving currency markets and trading psychology have always fascinated me. Before founding Forex Crunch, I've worked as a programmer in various hi-tech companies. I have a B. Sc. in Computer Science from Ben Gurion University. Given this background, forex software has a relatively bigger share in the posts.