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FOREX-Sterling sags against dollar on likely later rate hike
November 12, 2014 / 3:10 PM / 3 years ago

FOREX-Sterling sags against dollar on likely later rate hike

* Sterling drops after BoE inflation report

* Dollar little changed against most other leading currencies

* Swiss franc at 26-month top against euro (Adds New York early trading, quotes, latest prices and changes dateline; previous LONDON)

By Michael Connor

NEW YORK, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Britain’s pound slouched towards recent 14-month lows against the dollar as investors pushed back rate-hike expectations to the fourth quarter of 2015 after the Bank of England’s inflation report on Wednesday.

Sterling slipped further below $1.60 and was last at $1.5816, off 0.6 percent, in early New York trading against the dollar, which was little changed against most other major currencies during a thin week of U.S. economic reports that often drive the price of the greenback.

Britain’s central bank said inflation was likely to fall below 1 percent and monetary tightening would happen at a slower pace. Governor Mark Carney said it was appropriate that markets expected somewhat easier monetary conditions than they did three months ago. He also highlighted economic risks from a struggling euro zone.

“Dovish inflation data has effectively overshadowed a generally positive UK jobs report and pushed back expectations of a rate hike,” said Omer Esiner, chief market analyst at Commonwealth Foreign Exchange in Washington, D.C.

Sterling hit a low of $1.5812, not far from Friday’s 14-month low of $1.5791.

The yen pulled back from a seven-year low against the dollar, after comments from a Japanese government official cooled speculation that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will call a December election.

The dollar, which had popped above 116 yen earlier in Asia, was down 0.6 percent in New York at 115.19. It had risen to 116.11 yen on Tuesday, the highest since October 2007.

The yen has come under pressure on growing expectations Abe will postpone a sales tax hike and call an election next month. If he wins, a second round of reflationary policies may follow.

The Swiss franc edged up to another 26-month high, bringing it closer to the Swiss National Bank’s three-year-old cap of 1.20 francs per euro. The single currency fell 0.1 percent to trade at 1.2017 francs, its weakest against its Swiss counterpart since September 2012. (Additional reporting by Anirban Nag and Jemima Kelly in London; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)

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