Daily Market Update 21/02/2023

“Bearish pressure on EURUSD remains moderate. The Euro did not gain much support despite recent data from Germany showing private sector business activity expanded more significantly in early February than it did in January. On the other hand, Sterling has gained momentum in its recovery after UK data showed the private sector’s business activity sharply recovered in early February. Additionally, February PMI data for the US, as well as US Existing Home Sales, are scheduled to be released later today.”

Main Headlines

In an unannounced visit to Ukraine, President Joe Biden met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to show his support for the country, which is still fighting a brutal and unjust war with Russia. Biden spent more than five hours in Ukraine, consulting with Zelenskyy, paying tribute to Ukraine’s fallen soldiers, and visiting US embassy staff. He spent about 23 hours in Ukraine, travelling by train from and back to Poland.

HSBC’s quarterly profit has nearly doubled, boosted by rising interest rates around the world. The London-based company reported a profit before tax of $5.2 billion (£4.3 billion) for the last three months of 2022, up more than 90% from the same period the previous year. However, pre-tax profit for the entire year fell by $1.4 billion to $17.5 billion because of the cost of selling its French retail banking operations. HSBC is also in the process of selling its Canadian operations.


This morning, European markets declined as investors weighed corporate profits against the possibility that the US Federal Reserve will maintain its aggressive stance. Early trading saw the pan-European Stoxx 600index down 0.8%, with most sectors trading down. Financial services declined 1.2%, mining stocks down 1.3%, and IT companies sank 1.8%. The only area of growth was in utilities, up 0.3%. Futures for U.S. stocks fell overnight as markets were ready to open again after the Presidents’ Day weekend.


Sterling is well bid against most major currencies overnight. The UK’s exporter-heavy FTSE 100 fell this morning, dragged down by HSBC, which dampened investors’ expectations of a sustained income bonanza from rising interest rates globally. The FTSE 100 index (.FTSE) fell 0.2%. Despite a surge in quarterly profit, HSBC fell 1.3% as Europe’s largest bank said it expects net interest income to be at least $36 billion in 2023, falling short of forecasts of $37 billion. The drop in HSBC stock dragged down the banking index (.FTNMX301010) by nearly 1%.


Euro is weaker than most major currencies in the early morning trade. Following warnings from Kiev that its forces urgently require more supplies, the European Union is urgently looking into ways for member states to buy munitions collectively to assist Ukraine. Yesterday, the EU’s foreign ministers met in Brussels to discuss the possibility of joint arms purchases. However, the EU’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, warned that this would take time, even if Ukraine has urgent needs, and that collective procurement of supplies should be considered.


The dollar is stronger against euro and weaker against sterling this morning. Prior to data this week that could provide guidance on future interest rates, the dollar traded near its highest level in six weeks, while the euro declined ahead of monthly business activity data. Solid US labour market statistics and persistent inflation have boosted US rate expectations and supported this month’s dollar surge; the next move will be determined by today’s European and US manufacturing data and Friday’s core PCE price index.

Ballinger & Co. Market Analysis– 21st February 2023

Today’s Market Rates

Today’s Interbank Rates at 09:55 am against sterling movement.

GBP>EUR – 1.1345

GBP>USD – 1.2110

EUR>USD – 1.0663

GBP>CAD – 1.6270

GBP>AUD – 1.7546

GBP>SEK – 12.476

GBP>AED – 4.4410

GBP>HKD – 9.4880

GBP>ZAR – 21.986

GBP>CHF – 1.1176

Today’s Highlights

·        8:00 a.m.: Switzerland Jan. Exports

·        9:15 a.m.: France Feb. PMIs

·        9:30 a.m.: Germany Feb. PMIs

·        10:00 a.m.: Euro area Feb. PMIs

·        10:30 a.m.: UK Feb. PMIs

·        11:00 a.m.: Germany Feb. ZEW Survey

·        11:30 a.m.: Germany sells bonds

·        12:00 p.m.: Riksbank’s Ohlsson speaks

·        3:00 p.m.: Ukraine sells bonds

·        3:45 p.m.: US Feb. PMIs

·        4:00 p.m.: US Jan. Existing Home Sales


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