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On Wednesday, the Greenback settled vs. its major peers after Wall Street shot to record peaks amid signs of progress on U.S. tax cuts, while bitcoin traded above $10,000, on a host of exchanges as the frenzy for cryptocurrencies showed any signs of fading.

On the data front, markets are awaiting Yellen’s speech on the economic outlook before the Congressional Joint Economic Committee later in the day. Additionally, traders are awaiting the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) QoQ, which is expected to hit 2.5% from 3.1%.

  • The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, was down by 0.23% at 93.054 pips.

EUR
The Single currency edged up 0.26% vs. the Greenback at $1.1871. Looking ahead, investors are awaiting German Consumer Price Index, which is expected to hit 1.7% from 1.6%.

 

GBP
The sterling pound rose by 0.46% vs. the USD with GBP/USD at $1.3407. the Sterling hit new highs after the U.K. and the European Union negotiators reached an outline agreement on the divorce bill that Britain will pay when it leaves the bloc

JPY
The JPY fell as much as 0.01% vs. the Greenback with USD/JPY at ¥111.49.

Gold
Gold prices settled, as traders mostly ignored off North Korea's latest missile launch, while looking ahead to Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s speech and a batch of the U.S. economic data for fresh sings on the likely trajectory of monetary policy. Gold Futures - Dec 17 (GCZ7), was down by 0.04%, to settle at $1,294.39.

Oil
Oil prices edged lower amid worries Russia and OPEC will agree on extending a crude production cut to cover all of 2018, and after a report of an unexpected rise in U.S. crude oil stockpiles .
Crude Oil WTI Futures - Jan 18 (CLF8) fell as much at 0.45 % at $ 57.73 and Brent Oil Futures - Jan 18 (LCOF8) was down by 0.43% at $62.97.

The most important economic events:

  • EUR German Consumer Price Index (YoY) (NOV P): (GMT 13:00) – Important- Forecast (1.7%) – previous (1.6%).
  • USD Gross Domestic Product Annualized (QoQ) (3Q S): (GMT 13:30) – Important- Forecast (3.2%) – previous (3.0%).
  • USD Gross Domestic Product Price Index (3Q S): USD Gross Domestic Product Annualized (QoQ) (3Q S): (GMT 13:30) – Important- Forecast (2.2%) – previous (2.2%).
  • USD Yellen Appears before Joint Economic Committee of Congress: (GMT 15:00) – Important-

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