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On Friday, U.S. stocks closed higher for 4th week of gains as telecoms rally. The U.S. dollar index rose by 1% and traded at 97.40 pips. 

Gold prices fell on Friday, as an interest rate hike is expected before the end of the year. Gold closed last week below $1,330 and could decline further to $1,315 and $1,300.

Dollar pared its losses last week vs. JPY and traded above ¥106, as BoJ may not agree to any new stimulus measures at its meeting next Friday.

JPY also traded higher vs. a basket of currencies, positively affected by these rumors and could settle at ¥106 ahead of the BoJ’s meeting.

The Euro traded below $1.10, negatively affected by Munich attacks. On the other hand, the ECB kept key interest rates unchanged last week, as widely expected.

GBP fell by 1% at the end of last week’s trading session, as the PMI survey showed that the UK’s economy may begin to shrink on a quarterly basis after “Brexit” vote.

Crude oil prices fell on settlement Friday and lost 4% during last week as U.S. oil rig count increased, supporting concerns over a global glut of oil.

U.S. crude oil settled at $44, the lowest level in two months and half and could re-test $45 during the course of the week.

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