On Friday, the Greenback settled high vs. a basket of major currencies as the yen was hit by weaker than CPI data and the single currency and pound declined on tapering and Brexit concerns respectively.
Data on Thursday showed that the number of people seeking unemployment benefits in the U.S. last week rose less than expected, remaining close to the lowest level in four decades.
On the release front, markets are awaiting the U.S. Gross Domestic Product, which is expected to hit 2.6% from the previous reading of 3.1%.
The U.S. dollar rose as much as 0.21% vs. the Single Currency with EUR/USD at 1.1627. The Euro traded under pressure yesterday after the ECB president Mario Draghi mentioned that the ECB’s asset purchase program could be extended for a period of nine months.
The European Central Bank announced its intention to rein in monetary stimulus, reducing its monthly purchases of bonds to €30 billion.
The JPY fell as much as 0.1% at ¥113.98 vs. the USD negatively affected by weaker than CPI data.
The Sterling Pound settled lower as the British government said on Thursday its key piece of Brexit legislation would be debated in parliament on Nov. 14 and 15. The Greenback rose as much as 0.59% vs. the GBP to settle at $ 1.3083.
Earlier today, Gold prices fell dramatically and declined to a three-week low as dollar strength continued to put pressure on the precious metal and risk appetite for equities remained high. Gold Futures - Dec 17 fell as much as 0.3% at 1,269.25.
Oil prices settled, with Brent crude hovering near $60 a barrel, backed by comments from Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince, as he said the kingdom would support extending the output cut in a bid to stabilize oil demand and supply.
Crude Oil WTI Futures - Dec 17 fell settled at $52.64, and Brent Oil Futures - Dec 17 fell as much as 0.2% at 59.30
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