On Wednesday, the Greenback declined slightly, despite the U.S. consumer prices recording their biggest increase in nearly four years in January. Rising consumer price index has increased optimism among investors, a day after Yellen’s testimony, as she kept the chance alive for a rate hike in March. The U.S. dollar index fell slightly to 100 pips.
Gold prices rose yesterday due to uncertainty surrounding the U.S. economic policy under the new Trump administration. The yellow metal was boosted by EU's political uncertainty as Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's National Front (FN) who is calling for a “Frexit”, could win the French presidential election. In the medium term, the precious metal could settle above $1,200.
The Sterling pound declined to the weakest level in a week vs. USD, despite weak U.S. data. In addition, the UK jobless rate held steady in the three months leading up to December 2016, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The Sterling pound fell to $1.24 yesterday, before touching $1.2450. Technically, Cable could re-test $1.25 during the week.
Euro settled yesterday at $1.06 vs. USD and could decline to $1.05, due to EU's political uncertainty.
Oil prices settled yesterday as U.S. gasoline and crude oil inventories soared to record highs last week. U.S. crude traded at $53 and could trade sideways during the next period.
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