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FTSE and pound gain as traders weigh ‘peak’ UK rates

FTSE A view of a balloon with the pound symbol in front of the Bank of England during a protest against the hiking of interest rates outside the Bank of England in London, Britain, August 3, 2023. REUTERS/Susannah Ireland

The pound and FTSE gained on Monday morning in London. Photo: Susannah Ireland/Reuters

The pound and FTSE gained on Monday morning in London as upbeat markets continued to digest comments made last week by Bank of England chief Andrew Bailey.

Bailey said that the central bank is “much nearer” to the peak of its rate hiking cycle, meaning hopes of the end of high rates.

The FTSE 100 (^FTSE) headed 0.8% higher after the opening bell. Meanwhile the DAX (^GDAXI) in Germany was up 0.7% and the CAC (^FCHI) rose 0.9%.

The pound (GBPUSD=X) rose past the $1.25 mark, up 0.4% by 8.40am in London. The rise was partly spurred by confidence on home turf and a pullback in the dollar following comments from Treasury secretary Janet Yellen that she is “feeling very good” about the US’s economic position. This is the pound’s first gain in a week.

“Investors in Europe and the US are preparing for a volatile week as the economic docket is full of fireworks,” said Naeem Aslam, chief investment officer at Zaye Capital Markets.

“Since last week, concerns about the Fed’s interest rate cycle have begun to surface once again, as many speculators believe that there are greater chances that the Fed will use more gunshot in terms of interest rate going into the next month’s meeting.”

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