LONDON (Reuters) - Sterling jumped to as high as $1.3442 on Tuesday after Times Radio said that Brexit trade deal talks have entered the “tunnel” stage of negotiations.
The pound surged to hit a three-month high of $1.3442 at 1610 GMT, gaining half a percent in around 5 minutes.
“Tunnel was the key word that pushed the pound higher,” said Neil Jones, head of FX sales for financial institutions at Mizuho. “The market has taken this comment as a deal is very close.”
The “tunnel” is a term for an intense final stage of secretive, make-or-break negotiations.
The pound held on to its gains, and was at $1.3435 at 1624 GMT, up 0.8% on the day. Against a stronger euro, it was down around 0.2% on the day at 89.69 pence, having erased some losses after the news.
Reporting by Elizabeth Howcroft; editing by Thyagaraju Adinarayan
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