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GBP Eases vs. USD and EUR, BoE Credit Conditions Survey Eyed

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LONDON, July 8 Reuters Sterling eased against both the dollar and the euro on Thursday, trading within recent ranges as analysts pointed to falling volatility levels.

After a sizeable drop against the dollar in the middle of June, sterling has been rangebound, holding above the 1.37 mark. On Thursday, it traded 0.2 lower on the day at 1.3777 by 0820 GMT.

Factors that have weighed on the currency are a still dovish Bank of England, as well as the dollars own head of steam in recent weeks following a surprise hawkish turn from the Federal Reserve.

Against the euro, sterling traded 0.4 lower at 85.73 pence , with analysts at ING noting a continued fall in traded volatility levels.

At the margin one could say that the ECB strategy review should be bearish for eurosterling but thats a stretch, strategists Chris Turner, Petr Krpata and Francesco Pesole said in a morning note.

The European Central Bank will announce the outcome on Thursday of an 18month strategy review, redefining an inflation target.

ING also noted the Bank of Englands BoE quarterly survey of credit conditions would be released on Thursday, which will provide insights on lending volumes and credit spreads.

It may be too early to expect lending volumes to have picked up. Current BoE pricing of the first 10bp hike in summer 2022 and the first full 25bp hike in March 23 feel about right although could get pushed back a bit should the current unwind of optimism continue.

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