November 1, 2018 / 7:26 AM / 17 days ago

Pound extends rally on report British PM seals Brexit financial services deal

LONDON, Nov 1 (Reuters) - Sterling extended its gains on Thursday after the Times newspaper reported that British Prime Minister Theresa May had sealed a tentative deal with Brussels on financial services.

The pound jumped 0.9 percent to as high as $1.2881, sending the currency to a five-day high.

Against the euro, it rose to 88.155 pence per euro before settling up half a percent at 88.21 pence.

The gains follow a rise for sterling on Wednesday when Brexit minister Dominic Raab said he expected a Brexit deal with Brussels to be concluded by Nov. 21. The British government later said there was no set date for Brexit talks to finish. (Reporting by Tommy Reggiori Wilkes; Editing by Dhara Ranasinghe)

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