Sterling Rises, But Selling Could Resume in 2022

12/23/2021 | 06:56am

Sterling Rises, But Selling Could Resume in 2022

1047 GMT - Sterling rebounds strongly, recovering from recent losses to reach a one-month high against the dollar as traders close positions ahead of the year-end holiday period, but selling is likely to resume in the new year, says Marshall Gittler, analyst at BDSwiss. "Next year everyone can come back to work and return to their favorite hobby of shorting GBP," he says. U.K. economic data released Wednesday were poor with quarter-on-quarter gross domestic product growth revised down, he says. Private consumption was revised up, but government spending and investment were revised to show falls rather than rises, while exports were revised down, Gittler adds. GBP/USD rises 0.3% to 1.3424, while EUR/GBP falls to a four-week low of 0.8437. (jessica.fleetham@wsj.com)

 
Companies News: 

Ryanair Widens FY 2022 Net Loss Guidance, Cuts December Traffic Forecasts

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Flutter Entertainment to Buy Sisal for GBP1.62 Bln

Flutter Entertainment PLC said Thursday that it has acquired the Italian online gaming operator Sisal from CVC Capital Partners Fund VI for 1.62 billion pounds ($2.16 billion).

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Balfour Beatty's US Subsidiary to Pay $65.4 Mln in Resolution With Justice Department

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Yourgene Health Awarded Covid-19 Contract by U.K. Government

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Uniphar Acquires E4H, Devonshire Healthcare Services and Navi Group

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Jadestone Energy CFO Dan Young to Step Down

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Fletcher King Swung to Pretax Profit in 1H

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ADM Energy Urges Shareholders to Support CEO, COO, Chairman at AGM

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Amedeo Air Four Plus 1H Pretax Loss Narrowed

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Duke Royalty Says 3Q Cash Revenue Is GBP3.9 Mln; Expects Growing Revenue in 4Q

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CT Automotive Group To Start Trading on London's AIM

CT Automotive Group PLC said Thursday that its shares have been admitted to trade on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.

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NewRiver REIT Sells Poole Retail Park for GBP58 Mln

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Carbon Air Group Stock Market Debut on London's AIM Delayed to January

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Market Talk: 

Flutter's Acquisition of Sisal Shows It Can Compete and Win Across the Online Gaming Market

1126 GMT - Flutter Entertainment's acquisition of Sisal shows that the Ireland-based betting company is "one of only a handful of operators that can credibly look to compete and win" across the global online market, Davy Research says. Flutter said Thursday that it bought the Italian online gaming group for GBP1.62 billion, and that Sisal is expected to generate an Ebitda of GBP211 million in 2021. The deal will position Flutter as the number one online gaming operator in the region as it creates revenue synergies and a significant runway for growth, the Irish research firm says. Shares are up 2.2% 11,535 pence. (michael.susin@wsj.com)

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