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Markets are awaiting FOMC minutes, scheduled to be released this Wednesday, that will enable getting more information on the timing of the adjustment of interest rates. In addition, investors are also expecting an important release from the U.S:  the U.S. nonfarm payroll data.

  • The U.S. dollar index, that tracks the Greenback against a basket of world currencies, pared its gains and settled at 100.35 pips; affected from the New York Fed President William Dudley’s statement as he said that the Federal Reserve’s forecast of two more interest rate hikes this year seems reasonable.

EUR
Euro fell sharply to $1.0655 vs. USD on Friday, negatively affected by Eurozone inflation data as CPI Flash Estimate declined to 1.5% short of the forecast of 1.8%. Technically, the common currency could trade under pressure ahead of France’s presidential election and due to negotiations between UK and EU over the future relationship between Gibraltar and the EU after Britain leaves the union.

Gold
Gold prices pared most of its losses amid uncertainty over Trump's political and economic policies. The precious metal settled above $1,250 as dollar declined. Technically, the precious metal could trade sideways in anticipation of the Fed. minutes.

Oil
Oil prices jumped with  markets being more optimistic about an extension of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries cut deal. U.S. crude touched $51 after a wave of losses.

The most important economic events:

  • USD ISM Manufacturing (MAR): GMT 14:00) – Important – Forecast (57.1) – Previous (57.7).

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