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Sterling Enjoys Best Day since at Least 1998

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On Tuesday, Sterling pound raced higher vs. the Greenback and touched its highest level in 19 years, after Prime Minister Theresa May outlined her plan for a clean break between the UK and the EU. Theresa May, went against expectations, as she mentioned during her much-touted speech, that a clean break will take place and not a “hard-Brexit”.

May said, “She seeks to avoid a violent shift for companies after the “Brexit” and is working on adopting reforms in customs, immigration laws and regulations of the financial sector.”

Pound settled at 1.24, up 3% vs. USD and experienced its best day since 1998.

The U.S. dollar index fell as much as 1% and declined to 100.30 pips after Trump said that the strong dollar was hurting U.S. competitiveness

Gold prices rose yesterday as much as 1.5%, to settle at $1,215 and could hit $1,221 today. Technically, the precious metal is likely to re-test the psychological level of $1,200, if gold manages to settle above such levels by the end of the week.

Euro jumped to $1.07 yesterday vs. the US dollar after May’s Brexit statement. Technically, the common currency is unlikely to maintain its gains for a long time, in anticipation of the ECB monetary policy minutes, which will be released this Thursday.  

Also on Tuesday, oil prices rose slightly for the second day in a row, on a weaker USD. U.S. crude settled at $52.50 and could touch new highs during the next period. 

The most important economic events:

  • USD Consumer Price Index (YoY) (DEC) (GMT 15:30) – Important – Forecast (2.1%) – Previous (1.7%).
  • USD Consumer Price Index Ex Food & Energy (YoY) (DEC): (GMT 15:30) – Important – Forecast (2.2%) – Previous (2.1%).
  • CAD Bank of Canada Rate Decision (JAN 18): (GMT 17:00) – Important – Forecast (0.50%) – Previous (0.50%).

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