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Forex Flash: Eurozone growth expected to rebound in 2014 despite austerity – Goldman Sachs

For the Euro area as a whole, we expect a continued contraction, by -0.5% in 2013, before a return to positive growth of +0.8% in 2014. According to the Economics Research Team at Goldman Sachs, “Our baseline is still that the Euro area will ‘muddle through’ but remain intact. Cross-country divergence remains a key theme in this baseline scenario, however, with economic weakness especially pronounced in Spain and Italy.”

Meanwhile, “we see growth decelerating only marginally in Germany in 2013, and forecast some overheating in the subsequent years. The ‘long grind’ we forecast for 2013 is the result of the damaging but necessary combination of continued public sector austerity and private-sector deleveraging.” the team suggests. Still, with financial conditions having eased quite substantially through enacted and prospective ECB policy, a sharper contraction has been avoided. ECB policy will aim to reduce the segmentation of financial markets further with targeted measures such as the Outright Monetary Transaction (OMT) program.

Forex: GBP/USD breaches above 1.5000

The GBP/USD was limited by 1.4950 on the upside during the London morning, but after the US data load the market breached that resistance and has popped above the 1.5000 psychological level, reaching as high as 1.5019 as of writing.
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Forex: GBP/JPY jumps above the 144.50

The Sterling is joining an upside sentiment in the last few minutes and against the Japanese Yen, the pair has been launched to trade at daily highs at 144.65, looking for test the March 8th high at 144.75. Currently the pair is pricing at 144.45.
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