On Monday, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gave a broadly optimistic assessment of the US economic outlook and said interest rate raises are coming. Yellen was quoted saying "I see good reasons to expect that the positive forces supporting employment growth and higher inflation will continue to overbalance the negative ones.”
In this regard, Yellen said, while the U.S. jobs report was "disappointing," policymakers will respond, "Only to the extent that we determine or come to the view that the data is meaningful in terms of changing our view of the medium- and longer-term economic outlook."
Yellen highlighted surprises could emerge that might change her expectations, and pointed to four major risks to the U.S. economy - overseas risks inflation, productivity, and slower demand. Yellen concluded by saying that "further gradual increases in the federal funds rate are probably appropriate."
Yellen was keen not to give any hints about when interest rates will rise, in contrast to a speech on 27th May, when she said, “probably in the coming months such a move would be appropriate.”
U.S. dollar index pared its losses and traded above 94 levels. The pound declined to $1.4440, negatively affected by the EU referendum. From a technical point of view, Cable could decline further as the “Brexit” campaign closes the gap to its narrowest margin yet.
Yesterday, Gold pared its losses of the last week and traded at $1,245. The precious metal could touch resistance at $1,250 but it could be hard to touch the next resistance levels of $1,267 this week.
Markets are likely to trade in a limited range this week in the absence of any major economic data. Traders should pay attention to FOMC meeting next week.
Oil prices touched a seven-month high, buoyed by a weaker USD. WTI traded below the psychological level of $50, while Brent crude traded at $50.
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