On Wednesday, the U.S. dollar hovered near a three-week high against the yen, backed by reports that Republican senators were favoring John Taylor to become the next head of the U.S. Federal Reserve when current Fed Chair Janet Yellen's term expires in February 2018. However, President Donald Trump may reappoint Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen.
On the release front, markets are awaiting Durable Goods Orders due out today.
The euro was trading flat at $1.1773 vs. the Greenback up 0.10%, with the short-term focus on Thursday's European Central Bank policy meeting. President Mario Draghi is expected to update markets about the future of the ECB’s stimulus program.
The U.S. dollar rose as much as 0.21% vs. the JPY to settle at ¥114.15, above Monday’s highs of ¥114.09. The Greenback lifted by hopes for tax reforms after the Senate approved a budget measure that would allow Republicans to pursue a tax-cut package without Democratic party support.
The UK gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by a seasonally adjusted 0.4% in the three months ended September 30, above forecasts for it to match second-quarter growth of 0.3%. Also, Year-over-year, UK economic growth expanded 1.5% in the third quarter and Manufacturing also managed to return to growth after a weak second quarter, increasing by 1.0%. Immediately following the report, the GBP pound was up 0.30% vs. USD at $1.3175.
Earlier today, Gold prices edged lower to their lowest level in more than 2-weeks, amid expectations that Trump may appoint John Taylor as Federal Reserve chairperson. Taylor is seen as someone who may put the Fed on a path of faster interest rate hikes. Gold Futures - Dec 17 fell as much as 0.30% at $1,274.47.
Oil prices rose to near a four-week high hit a day earlier after top exporter Saudi Arabia said it was determined to end a supply glut. Crude Oil WTI Futures fell as much as 0.32%, to settle at $ 52.30.
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