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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…

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…

Dollar Stronger On Upbeat U.S., China Economic Data

The U.S. dollar drifted higher against its most major trading partners in the European session on Friday, as solid economic data from China and the U.S. eased concerns about global growth. Official data showed that the Chinese economy expanded in line with expectations in the fourth quarter. Gross domestic product grew 6.0 percent year-on-year in the fourth quarter, the same rate as seen in the third quarter and in line with expectations. Chinese industrial production and retail sales beat forecasts in December, rising 6.9 percent and 8.0 percent, respectively year-on-year. Overnight data showed that U.S. retail sales rose 0.3 percent in December, in line with forecasts. Separate reports showed that weekly jobless claims unexpectedly fell in the week ended January 11 and NAHB housing market index came in near a 20-year high in January. The data reduced the possibility of further interest rate cuts from the Federal Reserve. Investors await U.S. industrial production, consumer confidence index, building permits and housing starts data due in the American session for more direction. The currency traded mixed against its major counterparts in the Asian session. While it rose against the yen and the franc, it held steady against the euro. Versus the pound,…

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…

Portugal Producer Prices Decline For Seventh Month

Portugal’s producer prices fell for the seventh month in a row in December, figures from Statistics Portugal showed on Friday. The producer price index fell 1.6 percent year-on-year in December, following a 1.9 percent decline in November. Excluding the energy group, producer prices fell 1.4 percent in December, following a 1.1 percent decrease in the previous month. Prices for intermediate goods and energy declined 3.3 percent and 2.6 percent, respectively, in December. Investment goods prices rose 0.1 percent. On a month-on-month basis, producer prices fell 0.6 percent in December, following a 0.5 percent drop in the prior month. The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com…

January 17, 2020 : GBP/USD Intraday technical analysis and trade recommendations.

On December 13, the GBPUSD pair looked overpriced around the price levels of 1.3500 while exceeding the upper limit of the newly-established bullish channel.On the period between December 18 – 23, bearish breakout below the depicted channel followed by initial bearish closure below 1.3000 were demonstrated on the H4 chart.However, earlier signs of bullish recovery were manifested around 1.2900 denoting high probability of bullish pullback to be expected.Thus, Intraday technical outlook turned into bullish after the GBP/USD has failed to maintain bearish persistence below the newly-established downtrend line.That’s why, bullish breakout above 1.3000 was anticipated. Thus, allowing the recent Intraday bullish pullback to pursue towards 1.3250 (the backside of the broken channel) where bearish rejection and another bearish swing were suggested for conservative traders in previous articles.Intraday bearish target are projected towards 1.3000 and 1.2980 provided that the current bearish breakout below 1.3170 is maintained on the H4 chart.Please also note that two descending highs were recently demonstrated around 1.3120 and 1.3090 which enhances the bearish side of the market.Conservative traders should wait for bearish breakdown below 1.2980, This is needed first to enhance further bearish decline towards 1.2900, 1.2800 and 1.2780 where the backside of the previously-broken downtrend is located.In…

Oil Prices Inch Up On Growth Optimism

Oil prices inched higher on Friday amid optimism that a more conciliatory approach on trade between the United States and China will help revive growth. A raft of Chinese economic data either met or beat analyst estimates, fueling hopes of an uptick in demand. Benchmark Brent crude edged up 0.3 percent to $64.81 per barrel, while U.S. crude futures were up 0.2 percent at $58.62. The formal signing of the Sino-U.S. trade agreement on Wednesday helped remove a degree of near-term uncertainty as U.S. President Donald Trump heads into a re-election campaign. Under the Phase 1 deal, China will purchase $50 billion worth of U.S. energy products over the next two years. In another development, the U.S. Senate on Thursday approved a revamp of the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement that includes tougher rules on labor and automotive content. On the data front, China’s GDP data came in line with expectations and there was growth in industrial output and retail sales, suggesting the world’s second-biggest economy ended the year on a firmer note. In the whole year of 2019, China’s gross domestic product grew 6.1 percent, which was well within the target of 6-6.5 percent. The material…

Malaysian Ringgit Climbs To 1-1/2-year High Against U.S. Dollar

The Malaysian Ringgit strengthened against the U.S. dollar in Asian deals on Friday, as investor sentiment lifted up after strong Chinese economic data. Official data showed that China’s economy grew in line with expectations. Data released by the National Bureau of Statistics showed that China’s gross domestic product or GDP grew 6.1 percent in 2019, which was well within the target of 6 to 6.5 percent growth. The Malaysian Ringgit advanced to a 1-1/2-year high of 4.0540 against the greenback from yesterday’s closing value of 4.0610. If the Ringgit rises further, 3.8 is seen as its next resistance level. The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com…

Bank Of Korea Keeps Rate Steady

The Bank of Korea left its key interest rates unchanged on Friday as sluggishness in the domestic economy eased somewhat. The Monetary Policy Board of the Bank of Korea decided to maintain the base rate at 1.25 percent. The bank had reduced the rate by 25 basis points each in July and October 2019. The board noted that facilities investment has slightly increased and consumption growth has expanded, although construction investment and exports have continued to decline. GDP is forecast to grow at the lower-2 percent level this year, consistent overall with the level projected in November. Due to a smaller decline in agricultural product prices, consumer price inflation has risen to the upper zero percent level. Inflation is forecast to rise to around 1 percent, generally in accord with the path projected in November, and core inflation to run at the upper-0 percent level. Looking ahead, the board said it will conduct monetary policy so as to ensure that the recovery of economic growth continues and consumer price inflation can be stabilized at the target level over a medium-term horizon. The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com…