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Pound Drops On Risk Aversion Amid Trade Worries

11/13/2019 - 05:41:00 (RTTNews)

(RTTNews) - The pound declined against its major counterparts in the European session on Wednesday amid risk aversion, as U.S. President Donald Trump's speech at the Economic Club of New York didn't give any information on the trade deal with China.

Investors became nervous after Trump threatened further increase in tariffs if a trade deal is not reached.

The president said a significant phase one trade deal with China "could happen soon" but stressed that he would only accept an agreement that is good for U.S. companies and workers. He didn't offer clarity on a rollback of import tariffs.

Data from the Office for National Statistics showed that UK consumer price inflation eased more-than-expected in October.

The consumer price index rose 1.5 percent year-on-year following a 1.7 percent increase in September. Economists had expected the inflation rate to drop to 1.6 percent.

Separate data showed that output price inflation slowed to 0.8 percent from 1.2 percent in September. Economists had forecast a 0.9 percent increase in factory-gate prices.

Input prices decreased 5.1 percent year-on-year following a 3 percent slump in the previous month. The decline was largely driven by a fall in crude oil prices. Economists had expected input prices to drop 4.6 percent.

House price inflation was 1.3 percent in September, unchanged from August.

The currency showed mixed trading against its major counterparts in the Asian session. While it was steady against the greenback and the euro, it fell against the franc. Against the yen, it rose.

The pound dropped to 0.8585 against the euro, from a high of 0.8559 it touched at 5:00 pm ET. The pound is poised to find support around the 0.88 area.

After an uptick to 1.2862 against the greenback at 5:00 pm ET, the pound reversed direction, reaching as low as 1.2823. If the pound slides further, it may target support around the 1.27 level.

The pound declined to a 2-day low of 139.82 against the yen from yesterday's closing value of 140.01. The pound is seen finding support around the 136.5 level.

Data from the Bank of Japan showed that Japan's producer prices fell at a slower rate in October.

The producer price index fell 0.4 percent year-on-year in October, following a 1.1 percent decline in September. Economists had expected a 0.3 percent fall.

The pound weakened to 1.2704 against the franc, its lowest since October 24. The pound may challenge support around the 1.26 level.

Looking ahead, U.S. consumer price inflation and monthly budget statement for October will be featured in the New York session.

At 11:00 am ET, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell will testify on the economy before the Joint Economic Committee in Washington DC.

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