Greenback Declines and Markets Await FOMC Meeting


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Investors are awaiting the results of the U.S. Federal Reserve's meeting that starts later on Tuesday, as the Fed is highly expected to raise interest rates by 0.25%. The Federal Reserve believes that the U.S. economy is gaining strength.

  • The U.S. dollar index .DXY, which measures the Greenback against a basket of currencies, fell to 101.20 pips, negatively affected by lack of the U.S. economic data.

Gold prices settled yesterday as the U.S. Fed rate rises hope brightens. As investors are seeking to buy safe haven asset due to the geopolitical uncertainty, they will also focus on Wednesday's Dutch elections as the yellow metal could be boosted due to the uncertainty over the EU’s outlook.

Technically, the precious metal could trade in a limited range between $1,200 and $1,210 during the day. However, it could touch new highs, as the UK could trigger Article 50 by today.

The Sterling pound recovered vs. USD and touched $1.2220; however, Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland has confirmed that she will start proceedings for a second independence referendum.

Oil prices fell sharply yesterday due to the bearish U.S. crude oil inventories report, stoking worries a global glut could continue even as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) tries to control prices with output restrain. In addition, U.S. crude traded at $48.35.

The most important economic events:

  • EUR German ZEW Survey (Economic Sentiment) (MAR): (GMT: 10:00) – Important – Forecast (13) – Previous (10.4).

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