On Thursday, the Greenback fell for the second day in a row as the minutes of the Fed's last policy meeting showed officials confident they can hike rates gradually amid little threat that near-term inflation will accelerate. The U.S. dollar index traded below 101 pips and could hover around such levels.
Gold prices settled above $1,250, amid weakening hopes of a March interest rate hike and as weekly jobless claims rose slightly more than expected. Technically, the yellow metal could hit support of $1,244 by today, due to U.S. and EU’s political outlook.
USD fell vs. JPY and settled at ¥112.50 amid uncertainty over U.S. policy. Technically, the Greenback is unlikely to hit ¥113 during today.
Euro settled at $1.0570 vs. USD as European Central Bank chief economist Peter Praet said Europe’s economic recovery remains fragile, leaving little room for complacency, with risks exacerbated by political uncertainty before key elections. Technically, the common currency could trade sideways during the day and hit $1.06.
Also on Tuesday, WTI hit $55 as data showed a decline in U.S. crude oil inventories. However, U.S. crude failed to maintain its gain and settled at $54 at the end of yesterday’s trading session. Technically, it could touch $54.50 by today.
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