Sterling rises after United Kingdom inflation beats expectations

Inflation Rises 0.02% in January, Wall Street Panics

The percentage change in the average composite CPI for the 12-month period ending January 2018 over the average of the CPI for the corresponding period was 16.22 per cent, or about 0.28 per cent point lower from 16.50 per cent in December 2017.

Another London-based agent, James Cameron of Vesper Homes, says the uplift in first-time buyers seen previous year is no surprise.

The yield on 10-year Treasuries rose to 2.86 percent, while US stock futures fell, as the figures renewed investor concerns that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates at a faster pace than anticipated.

Retail sales fell 0.3 percent in January from the previous month, the most since February 2017, according to the Commerce Department, compared with the median estimate of economists for a 0.2 percent increase.

The Bank of England strengthened its economic forecast Thursday and announced it will likely have to raise interest rates both earlier and higher than it expected in November.

Those comments, as well as broad strength in the dollar amid a sharp stock market sell-off, handed sterling its biggest weekly falls since October, as investors anxious that Britain could leave the European Union in a disorderly manner.

Core prices are predicted to rise to 2.6% from 2.5%, while producer input prices for January are expected to remain sticky with an expectation that they will fall back to 4.1% from 4.9%. IN December CPI slowed slightly to 3%, however on the RPI measure prices ticked higher to 4.1%, further muddying the waters for consumers already struggling under the pressure of squeezed budgets.

The CPI data was "Stronger than expected, a little hot".

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Still, some analysts cautioned that they will need more data before concluding that January's consumer price increases signal the start of a meaningful pickup in inflation.

Ten-year U.S. Treasuries rose three points Wednesday morning, coupled with a 1 point increase in 10-year German Treasury bonds.

Investors sold USA government bonds Wednesday, sending yields jumping, after closely watched data showed inflation firming more than expected in January. Powell, speaking Tuesday at his ceremonial swearing-in, suggested that the central bank would push ahead with gradual interest-rate increases, and that officials "remain alert to any developing risks to financial stability".

The Bank of England will be hoping that United Kingdom wages show the sort of resilience shown by U.S. wages at the most recent USA employment report.

EURUSD - now squeezing back up towards the 1.2330 level, but while below here the risk remains for a move back towards the 1.2160 area.

GBPUSD - last week's weak close keeps the pressure on the downside and a move towards the 1.3660 area.

"So even if inflation drops back a bit further from here, it looks likely to settle at a higher level than the BoE feels comfortable with".

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