LONDON, Feb 3 Reuters Sterling clung to gains against the euro on Wednesday but edged lower against the dollar on a quiet day as investors waited for Thursdays Bank of England meeting.
The pound has gained broadly in the past few weeks amid optimism over Britains successful COVID19 inoculation programme, with analysts pinning their hopes on a faster economic recovery than in the European Union, where vaccine rollout is lagging.
Market participants are focusing on the Bank of Englands meeting on Thursday at which the central bank is set to publish the findings of a consultation on what negative rates would mean for banks operations.
I can see a fairly quiet day for sterling being on the cards given the magnitude of tomorrows Bank of England meeting, said Simon Harvey, senior FX market analyst at Monex Europe in London.
Britains third national coronavirus lockdown has put the economy on course for a sharp contraction in early 2021, but services companies buoyed by progress on vaccinations are confident about recovery, the final version of the IHS MarkitCIPS UK Composite Purchasing Managers Index PMI showed.
With improved sentiment, most economists polled by Reuters said there is little chance the Bank of England will move to cut rates below zero this year.
In early London trading, sterling gained 0.1 versus the euro at 88.03 pence, not far from a eightmonth high reached in the previous session against the single currency.
It was down 0.1 at 1.3650 versus a…