Thursday, July 14, 2016

Sterling rose 1.4% against the dollar

Sterling rose 1.4% against the dollar to $1.330 by late afternoon in Europe after rising around 2% in the wake of the decision. The FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 share indexes fell 0.7% and 0.15%, respectively, in the immediate aftermath of the BOE's announcement. Both were trading slightly higher by late afternoon in Europe.
The Stoxx Europe 600, a broad measure of large European stocks, also recovered most if its losses and was trading up 0.9%.
"The Bank of England stood firm today, surprising markets, which had been bracing themselves for a rate cut," said Dean Turner, economist at UBS Wealth Management. "But this is not the end of the story."
Markets had been expecting a cut, pricing an 80% chance that the central bank will lower its rate to 0.25%. This would have been the first cut since the depths of the financial crisis in 2009.