Sterling Could Turn Lower Vs Dollar After Recent Gains

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Sterling May Turn Dollar Vs Dollar After Recent Gains

1053 GMT – Sterling has recently rallied against a weaker dollar but could turn lower in the near term, albeit less than previously thought, due to the UK’s economic struggles, says UBS Global Wealth Management. UBS raises its GBP/USD forecast for the end of March to 1.19 from 1.16 previously as China’s reopening could support UK exports and energy prices eased, the investment bank’s analysts say in a note. “But the economic situation is still challenging in the UK, and the Bank of England is still in a dilemma with high inflation and weak growth,” they say. “As long as this persists, we think the GBP/USD rallies will be short-lived.” GBP/USD fell 0.2% to 1.2382 after hitting a seven-month high of 1.2449 overnight, according to FactSet. (renae.dyer@wsj.com)

 
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Barclays Stock Shows Compelling Value, Berenberg Says

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