LONDON (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 <GBP=D3>, sending the currency to a five-day high.
Against the euro, it rose to 88.155 pence per euro <EURGBP=D3> 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)