The US dollar weakened against a basket of major currencies. The dollar index (#DX) closed yesterday’s trading session in the red zone (-0.29%). The US currency was under pressure due to weak statistics from the United States. Thus, core retail sales index decreased by 0.1%, while experts forecasted growth by 0.2%. Retail sales fell by 0.3% instead of the expected growth by 0.3%. Investors expect news regarding trade relations between the US and China.
Also, the Fed’s “Beige Book” was published yesterday, which is based on data of the twelve Federal Reserve Banks. According to the survey, economic activity has increased from slight to “modest” in 12 districts of the United States since early September. In general, it is expected that the economic recovery will continue. However, at the same time, businessmen expect a slowdown in growth over the next 6-12 months.
The British pound strengthened significantly against the US dollar after news published on Irish television that the Northern Irish Democratic Union Party had accepted the latest Brexit proposals. However, then, party leader Arlene Foster denied this information. We recommend following current information on this issue.
The “black gold” prices are declining. Currently, futures for the WTI crude oil are testing the $53.25 mark per barrel. At 18:00 (GMT+3:00), crude oil inventories will be published in the US.
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Yesterday, the bearish sentiment was observed in the US stock markets: #SPY (-0.16%), #DIA (-0.05%), #QQQ (-0.25%).
The 10-year US government bonds yield has risen again. At the moment, the indicator is at the level of 1.74-1.75%.
- – Retail sales in the UK at 11:30 (GMT+3:00);
- – Statistics on the real estate market in the US at 15:30 (GMT+3:00);
- – Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index at 15:30 (GMT+3:00).