On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve decided not to increase the interest rates at the conclusion of a two-day meeting; however, it did give a sign to growing optimism among the business consumers and community at its first gathering since President Trump took office. The FOMC held its benchmark overnight with the lending rate target staying in a range of 0.5% to 0.75%. The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of major currencies, settled at 99.65 pips, after falling by 2.6%, the worst in 30-years due to Trump’s comments.
Elsewhere, British parliament voted more than three to one in favoring of starting the “Brexit” process and triggering Article 50. MPs voted 498 to 114 to advance the bill that would give the UK government the power to invoke Article 50. The Sterling pound was strongly affected by such voting and hit the resistance level of $1.27 vs. USD. Technically, Cable could decline to $1.26.
Euro declined yesterday to $1,077 vs. USD, however, the Eurozone manufacturing PMI rose in January to a 6-year high.
Gold was slightly affected by FOMC statement and settled at $1,208. Technically, the yellow metal could re-test $1,200 in anticipation of the U.S. Nonfarm Payrolls, which will be released tomorrow.
Oil pared its gains as data showed that the U.S. gasoline and crude stockpiles increased sharply. In addition, Oil prices were affected by the Russian energy minister’s comment that Global oil output was cut by 1.4 million barrels per day (bpd) last month. U.S. crude touched yesterday $53.70 before returning to $53.30.
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