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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…

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…

Eurozone Construction Output Recovers In November

Eurozone construction output recovered in November, Eurostat reported Friday. Construction output increased 0.7 percent on a monthly basis, in contrast to a 0.5 percent fall in October. The recovery was driven by a 1.1 percent rise in building construction and a 0.3 percent rise in civil engineering. On a yearly basis, construction output growth accelerated to 1.4 percent from 0.9 percent a month ago. In the EU28, construction output increased 1.1 percent on month, taking the annual growth to 1.4 percent. The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com…

Italy Inflation As Estimated; Trade Surplus Rises

Italy consumer price inflation increased in December as estimated, final data from the statistical office Istat showed on Friday. Another report from Istat showed that the trade surplus increased in November, albeit decreases in exports and imports. The consumer price index rose 0.5 percent year-on-year in December, following a 0.2 percent increase in November. The increase was in line with the initial estimate. On a month-on-month basis, consumer prices rose 0.2 percent in December, reversing a 0.2 percent fall in the preceding month, as estimated. On an average, consumer prices increased 0.6 percent in 2019. The rate halved from 1.2 percent logged in 2018, as initially estimated. The core inflation slowed to 0.5 percent in 2019 from 0.7 percent in 2018, as estimated. The EU measure or harmonized index or consumer prices, or HICP, rose 0.5 percent in December, following a 0.2 percent increase in the preceding month. This was in line with preliminary estimate. On a monthly basis, the HICP rose 0.2 percent in December, as estimated. On an average, HICP inflation halved to 0.6 percent in 2019 from 1.2 percent in 2018. Separate data showed that the trade surplus increased…

Nigeria Inflation At 20-Month High

Nigeria’s consumer price inflation rose to the highest level in twenty months in December, figures from the National Bureau of Statistics showed on Friday. The consumer price index rose 11.98 percent year-on-year in December, following a 11.85 percent increase in November. The latest inflation was the highest since April 2018, when it was 12.48 percent. Food prices grew to 14.67 percent annually in December versus 14.48 percent increase in the preceding month. On a monthly basis, food prices rose 0.97 percent in December. On a month-on-month basis, consumer prices rose 0.85 percent in December, slower than 1.02 percent in the previous month. The core inflation rate, which excludes volatile prices of the agricultural produce, increased 9.33 percent in December, following a 8.99 percent in the preceding month. On a monthly basis, the core CPI rose 0.81 percent in December, following a 0.79 percent rise in the previous month. The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com…

Austria Inflation Accelerates In December

Austria’s consumer price inflation rose in December, figures from Statistics Austria showed on Friday. The consumer price index rose 1.7 percent year-on-year in December, following a 1.1 percent increase in November. Prices for housing, water and energy, and leisure and culture grew by 2.5 percent, each in December. Prices for restaurants and hotels rose by 3.4 percent and those for various goods and services increased 2.3 percent. On a monthly basis, consumer prices rose 0.7 percent in December. The EU measure of harmonized index of consumer prices, or HICP, rose 1.8 percent annually in December, following a 1.2 percent increase in the prior month. On a month-on-month basis, the HICP gained 0.7 percent in December. On an average, consumer price inflation was 1.5 percent in 2019 from 2.0 percent in 2018. The HICP rose to 1.5 percent in 2019 from 2.1 percent in the last year. The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com…

Gold 01.17.2020 – Decision pivot level on the Gold at the price of $1.562

Gold has been trading sideways at the price of $1.557. The price is near the critical decision level at $1.562 and you should watch carefully the price action around it.The breakout of the $1.562 to the upside will confirm test of $1.557 and in that case you should watch on buying opportunities on the dips.The rejection of the resistance at $1.562 would confirm rotation back towards the level of $1.535.MACD oscillator is showing positive reading but the slow line is tuned to the downside.Major resistance is set at the price of $1.562.Support levels and downward target is set at the price of $1.535.The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com…

GBP/USD 01.17.2020 – Broken bearish flag on the daily time-frrame, watch for selling on rallies with main target at 1.2960

GBP has been trading downwards. The price tested and rejected of the level of 1.3120. I see further downside on the GBP and potential re-test of 1.2960 and 1.2910. The rejection of the Bollinger middle line is the early trigger for the downside. I also found potential for bearish outside candle. My advice is to watch for selling opportunities on the rallies using the hourly/4H time-frame.MACD oscillator is showing bearish stance and reading below the zeroMajor resistance is set at the price of 1.3120.Support levels and downward targets are set at the price of 1.2960 and 1.2910.The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com…