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The pound is slightly lower on Friday, after taking investors on a roller-coaster ride a day earlier. GBP/USD was up over 100 points on Thursday after the US inflation report, but the pound surrendered almost all of these gains later in the day.
The UK treated the markets to data dump on Friday, but the pound shrugged. The key release, quarterly GDP, was within expectations, was unchanged at 1.1% in Q4 q/q (1.0% est.). Investors didn’t flinch as GDP fell by 0.2% in December, as health restrictions in response to Omicron took a toll on consumer spending during the holiday season. Manufacturing Production climbed 1.3%, shy of the estimate of 1.7% but a strong improvement from the previous read of -0.1%.
FOMC member Loretta Mester said on Wednesday that the Fed needed to act to tame inflation, but she didn’t see a compelling case to raise rates by a half-point at the March meeting. The markets disagree, however, and are bracing for a half-point move. CME’s FedWatch indicates has gauged the likelihood of a 0.50% hike at a whopping 96%, up from just 33% earlier in the week, before the hot US inflation report.
Inflation, oil prices could spell trouble for Biden
The highly anticipated US inflation reading did not disappoint, coming in a 7.5% y/y for January. This beat the forecast of 7.3% and was up from 7.0% in December. Supply disruptions continue to persist, and if the e/ conflict worsens, oil prices could climb towards the USD 100 dollar level. Higher inflation and rising oil prices could spell big trouble for President Biden, as frustrated voters could voice their anger in the US midterm elections in November. The ray of light for Biden is if a deal is reached with Iran in the nuclear talks, which would release Iranian oil into the world markets.
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