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Sterling falls more than 1% against resurgent US dollar
[LONDON] Sterling fell more than one per cent on Monday against a resurgent US dollar, which rebounded on news that Hillary Clinton would not face criminal charges over her private e-mail server, boosting her chances on the eve of the US presidential vote.
The pound was down 1.04 per cent to US$1.2390, reversing its best weekly gains since 2009 against the greenback on Friday when worries eased that Britain would undergo a "hard" exit from the European Union and lose its access to the single market.
"There are two sides to this story; there's the dollar politics and sterling politics," Rabobank senior strategist Jane Foley said.
"If there still is the perception that the UK may after all be faced with a 'soft' Brexit, then sterling should find some support but the outcome of the US election is clearly dominant now."
Politics have dominated sterling moves recently, overshadowing economic data that indicated strong growth in the UK services sectors despite Brexit concerns.
"In a quiet data week for the UK, the main release will be September IP data," said RBC Capital Markets strategist Elsa Lignos in a note.
"A reasonably large shock would be needed to influence the initial estimate of Q3 GDP, so in all likelihood we'll have to wait for CPI data a week later for more interesting developments."
Against the euro, the pound fell 0.2 per cent to 89.18 pence after rising 1.5 per cent the week before.
Despite last week's rebound, sterling has still fallen against the US dollar since the EU referendum and thus far failed to reach the US$1.26 mark that technical analysts said would suggest a sustained recovery.