Pound Sterling - UK Markets

Sterling currency exchange rates continue to fall this morning despite positive housing figures from Nationwide, with the pound falling against its major currency partners. Sterling is currently valued at 1.62 against the US dollar and 1.13 against the euro.

Further losses for the pound yesterday put sterling's decline as the longest since January against the single currency. The price of UK bonds fell to a record low and the German IFO business climate improved, pushing the euro even higher against sterling. A correction is expected for the pound at some stage, though when this will occur is difficult to say. Nationwide figures show UK house prices gained 1.6% in August, climbing for the fourth consecutive month, while total business investment is down -10% for the second quarter.

US Dollar - US Markets

US currency exchange rates gained over 1% against the pound yesterday after downbeat US figures limited risk appetite. This morning the US dollar is trading at 0.70 against the euro and 0.61 against the pound, while climbing against its European currency partners. 

Markets were underwhelmed yesterday by durable goods orders in the US, which rose 4.9% in July, slightly lower than market expectations. However these figures support the idea that the US is recovering across a wide range of sectors and economists are predicting the world's largest economy will return to growth in the third quarter. GDP figures for the second quarter and initial jobless claims will be a source of currency volatility today.

Euro - European Currencies

Currency exchange rates for the euro remain bullish, with the single currency posting its longest rally against the pound since January. The euro has climbed to 0.87 against the pound and dipped slightly to 1.42 against the US dollar.

German data continues to exceed market expectations with the consumer price index rising 0.3% in August. Positive IFO figures triggered a euro rally yesterday and economists are expecting the German economy to support sustained growth by mid 2010. German consumer confidence this morning rose to a 15-month high and EMU consumer, economic and industrial confidence figures are due tomorrow.

Other Currencies - Highlights

A rise in risk aversion following modest US data limited currency exchange rates for the Australian dollar yesterday, sending the Aussie lower against its major currency partners. A 3.3% rise in Australian business investment in the second quarter has added to the view that Australia is recovering, though the Australian and New Zealand currencies remains particularly susceptible to global risk appetite.

Currency exchange rates for the Japanese yen have climbed this morning, due to increased demand for the safe haven while risk appetite remains weak. Unemployment has risen to 5.5% Japan, while consumer prices are declining and export levels have fallen for ten consecutive months. The Japanese election is due soon and the yen could remain strong in the run up to this.