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Dollar Gains Against Rivals On Strong Economic Data

The U.S. dollar exhibited strength against most major currencies on Friday, riding on fairly encouraging economic data from China and the U.S. Chinese economy expanded in line with expectations in the fourth quarter. Data released today showed GDP was up 6% year-on-year in the fourth quarter, the same rate as seen in the third quarter. It was in line with expectations as well. The data also showed that industrial production in China rose 6.9% in December, compared to the year-ago quarter. Retails sales surged up 8% in the month, over the same month in the previous year. According to the data released by the Commerce Department Friday morning, U.S. housing starts skyrocketed by 16.9% to an annual rate of 1.608 million in December after jumping by 2.6% to a revised rate of 1.375 million in November. Economists had expected housing starts to rise by 0.7% to a rate of 1.375 million. Building permits tumbled by 3.9% in December, after climbing 0.9% in November. A report from the University of Michigan showed a slight deterioration in U.S. consumer sentiment in the month of January. Preliminary data showed the consumer sentiment index edged down to 99.1 in January from the…

Crude Oil Futures Settle Flat

Crude oil futures failed to hold early gains and settled near the flat line on Friday, as traders weighed demand and supply position in the oil market. While data showing that Chinese economy recorded its slowest expansion in almost thirty years, growing just 6.1% in the year 2019, raised concerns about the outlook for energy demand, the signing of the trade deal and buoyant economic data from the U.S. helped ease these concerns. West Texas Intermediate Crude oil futures ended at $58.54 a barrel, gaining 2 cents for the session. Oil futures rose to $58.98 a barrel earlier in the session. For the week, crude oil futures shed about 0.8%. Brent crude futures ended up $0.23 at $64.85 a barrel. On Thursday, the International Energy Agency said in its report that it expects supply from OPEC will exceed demand for its crude, despite compliance with output cuts. OPEC too has said supply from non-OPEC nations too far exceeds demand for crude. According to a report released by Baker Hughes, the number of active U.S. oil rigs increased by 14 to 673 this week. Oil rig count had declined in the previous three weeks. The material has been provided by…

Treasuries Extend Pullback On Spike In Housing Starts

Extending the pullback seen over the course of the previous session, treasuries moved to the downside during trading on Friday. Bond prices regained some ground after seeing early weakness but remained stuck in the red. As a result, the yield on the benchmark ten-year note, which moves opposite of its price, rose by 2.7 basis points to 1.836 percent. The early drop by treasuries came after a report from the Commerce Department showed a substantial increase in U.S. housing starts in the month of December. The Commerce Department said housing starts skyrocketed by 16.9 percent to an annual rate of 1.608 million in December after jumping by 2.6 percent to a revised rate of 1.375 million in November. The surge came as a big surprise to economists, who had expected housing starts to rise by 0.7 percent to a rate of 1.375 million from the 1.365 million originally reported for the previous month. With the much bigger than expected increase, housing starts soared to their highest level since hitting a rate of 1.649 million in December of 2006. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve released a report showing a modest pullback in U.S. industrial production in the month of December. The Fed…

U.S. Consumer Sentiment Shows Slight Deterioration In January

A report released by the University of Michigan on Friday showed a slight deterioration in U.S. consumer sentiment in the month of January. Preliminary data showed the consumer sentiment index edged down to 99.1 in January from the final December reading of 99.3. Economists had expected the index to come in unchanged. The slight decrease by the headline index came as the index of consumer expectations dipped to 88.3 in January from 88.9 in December. On the other hand, the report said the current economic conditions index crept up to 115.8 in January from 115.5 in December. Surveys of Consumers chief economist Richard Curtin noted the impeachment of President Donald Trump was mentioned but just 1 percent of consumers. “While those that mentioned impeachment were also somewhat less optimistic than other consumers, the small numbers had a negligible impact on the overall level in consumer sentiment,” Curtin said. With regard to inflation, one-year inflation expectations rose to 2.5 percent in January from 2.3 percent in December, while five-year inflation expectations climbed to 2.5 percent from 2.2 percent. The University of Michigan noted the data was initially unavailable on its website due to an accidental cut of fiber networking on…

U.S. Industrial Production Dips Amid Slump In Heating Demand

With utilities output plummeting amid a slump in demand for heating, the Federal Reserve released a report on Friday showing a modest pullback in U.S. industrial production in the month of December. The Fed said industrial production fell by 0.3 percent in December after climbing by a downwardly revised 0.8 percent in November. Economists had expected industrial production to dip by 0.2 percent compared to the 1.1 percent jump originally reported for the previous month. The pullback in production came as utilities output plunged by 5.6 percent in December after surging up by 1.0 percent in November, with unseasonably warm weather leading to a large decrease in demand for heating. Meanwhile, the report said manufacturing output crept up by 0.2 percent in December after spiking by 1.0 percent in November, while mining output jumped by 1.3 percent following a 0.2 percent decrease. The Fed also said capacity utilization for the industrial sector slid to 77.0 percent in December after climbing to an upwardly revised 77.4 percent in November. Economists had expected capacity utilization to slip to 77.1 percent from the 77.3 percent originally reported for the previous month. Capacity utilization in the utilities sector led the way lower, tumbling…

U.S. Housing Starts Skyrocket To 13-Year High In December

After reporting significant increases in new residential construction in the two previous months, the Commerce Department released a report on Friday showing U.S. housing starts saw an even more substantial spike in the month of December. The Commerce Department said housing starts skyrocketed by 16.9 percent to an annual rate of 1.608 million in December after jumping by 2.6 percent to a revised rate of 1.375 million in November. The surge came as a big surprise to economists, who had expected housing starts to rise by 0.7 percent to a rate of 1.375 million from the 1.365 million originally reported for the previous month. With the much bigger than expected increase, housing starts soared to their highest level since hitting a rate of 1.649 million in December of 2006. Single-family housing starts jumped by 11.2 percent to a rate of 1.055 million, while multi-family starts spiked by 29.8 percent to a rate of 553,000. Meanwhile, the report said building permits tumbled by 3.9 percent to an annual rate of 1.416 million in December after climbing by 0.9 percent to a revised rate of 1.474 million in November. Building permits, an indicator of future housing demand, had been expected to slide…

*U.S. Industrial Production Dips 0.3% In December

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Dollar Rises Vs Most Majors Ahead Of U.S. Industrial Production

Fed’s Industrial production for December will be published at 9.15 am ET Tuesday. Ahead of the data, the greenback traded mixed against its major counterparts. While the greenback held steady against the pound, it rose against the rest of major counterparts. The greenback was worth 110.20 against the yen, 1.1100 against the euro, 1.3044 against the pound and 0.9685 against the franc at 9:10 am ET. The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com…