Australian GDP rose by 3.1%, exceeding analysts’ forecasts of 2.5%. The Australian dollar climbed after the release, but then joined its peers in falling against the USD.
BOE holds its rate at 0.25%
The Bank of England kept its benchmark interest rate intact and also announced no change to its asset purchase facility program, as Britain’s major bank revealed on Thursday.
The BOE accounted that it was holding the benchmark interest rate at about 0.25%, which is a widely expected move. Additionally, the major bank also informed that it was about to maintain the stock of asset purchases funded by the issuance of major bank reserves at £435 billion.
Minutes from the major bank's policy gathering revealed that eight members were in favor of leaving the major interest rate at the current record minimum of 0.25%.
By the way, dissenting member Kristin Forbes baсked a 0.25% lift in the benchmark rate to 0.50%.
Market experts expected the Bank of England to vote 9-0 to keep its policy steady.
The currency pair GBP/USD was trading at 1.2320 from approximately 1.2260 ahead of the announcement. Meanwhile, EUR/GBP hit 0.8705, compared with the previous outcome of 0.8746 earlier.
Risk assets are recovering after a losing streak in the previous week as progress in the extra US stimulus package improved the market sentiment.
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Great news for oil bulls! OPEC and its allied producers agreed to expand output cuts for the next month.
The USD skyrocketed after Fed Powell’s speech. OPEC and allied producers agreed to extend production cuts for another month. Oil surged.
The European Central Bank publishes its monetary policy statement that includes an announcement of the interest rate on March 11, at 14:45 MT time.