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Sterling remains 'unaffected by leadership debate'

Today Programme

BBC Radio 4

Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson

There's been little change in Sterling this morning or since last night's televised leadership debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn.

Maike Currie, investment director at Fidelity, told the Today Programme earlier: "I think the currency has reflected the fact that there was no real knockout blow from either candidate."

She says sterling has been the barometer for Brexit uncertainty and the currency is now likely to focus on whether we get a deal.

"Going into 2020 there are estimates the pound could hit $1.45 if we get a deal. If there's no deal and delay and dithering it could fall to $1.10."

The pound is currently trading at $1.2910 against the dollar and at €1.1669 against the euro.

Pound remains flat

Pound graph

The pound has had a fairly downbeat day and is currently at $1.2933 against the dollar, down 0.15%.

Against the euro it's down 0.21% at €1.1674.

Pound remains flat

Pound and dollar
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The pound has remained flat, despite a slightly optimistic move on Monday after Boris Johnson's speech at the annual CBI conference.

Sterling is now down 0.18% against the dollar at $1.2930.

Markets 'aren't considering the trade talks'

BBC Radio 5 Live

Boris Johnson at the CBI annual conference

On Monday, the pound inched up to just under $1.30, as markets seemed cautiously optimistic of a smoother Brexit process, following Prime Minister Boris Johnson's speech at the CBI's annual conference.

The FTSE 100 closed 4.76 points higher at 7,307.70.

But Rabobank's Jane Foley says that caution is still needed.

“As far as the market is concerned, that means Boris Johnson is likely to get his withdrawal deal through," she told Wake Up to Money.

"I think what the market isn’t necessarily considering is the trade talks. [Mr] Johnson can get these done very quickly in just a few months, but Michel Barnier says the opposite.

“There could even be a risk we end up with a hard Brexit at the end of it if the trade talks don't go well."

Pound climbs 0.3%

Pound chart

Meanwhile the pound has risen 0.34% against the dollar to $1.2947.

Against the euro it's up 0.28% at €1.1707.

Pound up against euro, down against dollar

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The pound has slipped slightly against the dollar today but risen against the euro.

It's down -0.06% against the dollar at $1.2846.

It's at €1.1663 after climbing 0.11% against the euro.

Sterling rises on Brexit Party move

Pound/dollar graphic

The rise in sterling, which had been boosted by this morning's GDP figures, has picked up after the Brexit Party said it would not stand candidates in the 317 seats won by the Conservatives at the 2017 general election.

Sterling jumped by half a cent against the dollar to $1.2881, while against the euro it is trading at €1.1671.

"The Tories will be heaving a sigh of relief as it reduces at the margin the prospect of a hung parliament," Neil Mellor, FX strategist at BNY Mellon, told Reuters.

London shares slide


The FTSE 100 index of major London-listed companies has dropped more than 1%, with mining shares leading the falls.

Australian miner BHP Group fell 2.8% after saying it plans to move back into oil and gas investments, even after pulling out of US shale last year.

Other fallers in the mining sector include Glencore, down 3.9%, and Evtaz, down 4.7%.

The FTSE 100 had begun the day lower, as markets reacted to falls in Asia triggered by news of continued unrest in Hong Kong.

But UK-listed stocks have also been hit by a rise in sterling. The FTSE 100 often falls when sterling rises, as the stronger currency cuts the value of companies' overseas earnings when they are brought back to the UK and converted back into pounds.

Against the dollar, the pound is currently up 0.8% at $1.2876.

London markets down

Man with umbrella passing LSE sign

A quick update on the London stock market.

The FTSE 100? It's down 24 points at 7,381.86.

The FTSE 250 is also down, by 22 points at 20,411.11. Games Workshop is still leading the index, up 16%.

In the foreign exchange markets,the pound is down 0.07% at $1.2807.

Sterling dips


The pound has taken a dip down after the Bank of England report.

It is down 0.16% on the dollar at $1.2835.