The Dow Jones Index continued its gains during yesterday's trading session, a day after breaking the barrier of 20,000 points, despite soft U.S. data.
The U.S. dollar index rose as much as 0.5% and settled at 100.50 pips. The Greenback was affected by the initial jobless claims report, as the number of Americans who applied for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week.
Gold prices fell for the second day in a row, negatively affected by a strong USD, and settled below $1,190.
New-home sales fell 10.4% in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate, however, sales for all of 2016 rose to 12%, the highest since 2007. However, the yellow metal ignored such data and declined. Technically, closing below $1,190 could open the door for further declines during the next periods and the precious metal could face support at $1,177.
The Sterling pound settled at $1.26 vs. the Greenback as the U.K.'s gross domestic product went against expectations and rose as much as 0.6% in Q4 vs. 0.5% forecast. Technically, Cable could hold at such level, in anticipation of the meeting between Theresa May and Donald Trump, which will be held later on today.
Euro fell yesterday and traded below $1.07. Technically, the common currency could settle during the day, in anticipation of U.S. Q4 GDP. The Greenback could be supported by the GDP of the world's largest economy.
Oil prices rose as much as 2% yesterday and U.S. crude settled at $54.
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