Sterling briefly gained on Brexit hopes, but gains retreated rapidly amid a hostile reception to latest government plans.

The dollar held a firm tone around 3-week highs as alternative currencies failed to generate sustained interest with EUR/USD settling little changed just above 1.1150.

Equity markets advanced on Tuesday on hopes for an easing in trade tensions, although momentum stalled on Wednesday given concerns over tech-sector restrictions.

Sterling briefly gained on Brexit hopes, but gains retreated rapidly amid a hostile reception to latest government plans. Sterling losses also hampered the Euro.

The Canadian dollar maintained a firm tone after last week’s deal to remove US steel tariffs.
Oil prices were hurt by an unexpected build in the API inventories data and demand doubts. Precious metals were unable to make headway with gold at 3-week lows.

The UK CBI industrial orders index declined to -10 for May from -5 previously which was below consensus forecasts and the weakest reading since October 2016. Exports also declined, although there was a net increase in output.

Sterling remained under pressure ahead of the New York open as wider US currency strength and on-going political concerns sapped support with a GBP/USD dip to 5-week lows below 1.2700 while GBP/EUR dipped near 1.1380.

Prime Minister May secured Cabinet approval for the revised Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and, ahead of a formal announcement, there was speculation that it would include a customs union or confirmatory referendum and Sterling moved sharply higher with a GBP/USD move to near 1.2800. The details fell short of market speculation, although parliament would get the chance to vote for a second vote if the Withdrawal Agreement is approved. Reaction to proposals was also generally very negative and Sterling retreated very quickly as optimism collapsed.

GBP/USD was just below 1.2700 on Wednesday ahead of the latest UK inflation data with GBP/EUR near 1.1380 on expectations of a further challenge to May’s leadership this weekend.

Economic Calendar

08:30ECB President Mario Draghi's Speech--
09:30GBP PPI Core Output (Y/Y)(APR)2.22.2
09:30GBP Core CPI (Y/Y)(APR)1.90%1.80%
09:30GBP CPI (M/M)(APR)0.30%0.20%
09:30GBP CPI (Y/Y)(APR)2.00%1.90%
09:30GBP PPI Input (M/M)(APR)0.30%-0.20%
09:30GBP PPI Output (Y/Y)(APR)2.10%2.40%
09:30GBP Public Sector Net Borrowing(APR)-0.84B
10:30ECB Praet Speech--
12:00USD MBA Mortgage Applications2.70%-0.60%
13:30CAD Retail Sales Ex Autos (M/M)(MAR)0.20%0.60%
13:30CAD Retail Sales (M/M)(MAR)0.40%0.80%
15:00FOMC member John C. Williams speech--
15:10FOMC Member Raphael Bostic speech--
15:30USD Crude Oil Inventories-2.530M5.431M

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