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Greenback Settles and Awaits Non-farm Payrolls

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USD
The Greenback settled during yesterday’s trading session vs. a basket of major currencies due to a lack of the U.S. economic data and as traders are anticipating the Fed. to raise interest rates this month. However, USD was affected by Peter Navarro’s statement, director of the newly-established White House National Trade Council, as he said the $65 billion U.S. trade deficit with Germany was "one of the most difficult" trade issues, and bilateral discussions were needed to reduce it outside of European Union restrictions.

  • The U.S. dollar index settled at 101.91 pips.

Gold
Gold extended its gains and settled at $1,215 during yesterday’s trading session, as the Federal Reserve is likely to announce an interest-rate hike at its meeting later this month and amid an important data from the US. In addition, the yellow metal is awaiting the upcoming Non-Farm payroll figures, as a higher than expected reading should be taken as for bearish the yellow metal, while a lower than expected reading should be taken as bullish for the yellow metal.

EUR
Euro settled yesterday as the Euro-zone economy was confirmed at a 0.4% in Q4 of 2016, boosted by a healthy rise in consumer spending and investment.

Oil
Oil prices slightly changed yesterday as growing U.S. oil production expectations offset earlier gains. U.S. crude oil still trading sideways as investors are awaiting the U.S. crude oil inventories.

The most important economic events:

  • USD ADP Employment Change (FEB): (GMT: 13:15) – Medium – Forecast (185k) – Previous (246k).
  • JPY Japan Buying Foreign Bonds (Yen) (MAR 03): (GMT: 23:50) – Medium – Forecast (N/A) – Previous (-¥202.0b).

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