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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…

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. Industrial Production Dips 0.3% In December

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U.S. Housing Starts Spike 16.9% 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. 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 by 0.9 percent to a rate of 1.468 million from the 1.482 million originally reported for the previous month. The material has been provided by…

Swiss Producer And Import Prices Fall In December

Switzerland’s producer and import prices declined in December, data from the Federal Statistical Office showed on Friday. The producer and import prices fell 1.7 percent year-on-year in December. On a monthly basis, producer and import prices edged up 0.1 percent in December. On an average, producer and import prices declined 1.4 percent in 2019, after a 2.4 percent rise in 2018. The latest decline was mainly due to lower prices for pharmaceutical products, scrap, mineral oil products, and metals and semi-finished metal products. The producer prices fell 1.0 percent annually in December and edged up 0.1 percent from the previous month. Likewise, import prices dropped 3.2 percent from last year but rose 0.2 percent on month. The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com…

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…

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GBP/USD – 4H.

As seen on the 4-hour chart, the GBP/USD pair performed a consolidation above the corrective level of 23.6% (1.3048). Along with this consolidation, quotes of the pair closed above two trends and corridors. I have built a small correction line based on the movement of the last days, and if the pair closes below it, then traders will again be able to count on a reversal in favor of the US currency and a resumption of the fall in the direction of the corrective level of 0.0% (1.2904). As we can see, the goal remains the same, however, too long growth of the pound before the expected fall suggests a possible different scenario. In any case, I recommend trying to sell the pair when it is fixed below the Fibo level of 23.6% and the correction line. The “foundation”, in the case of the pound-dollar pair, remains in favor of the dollar. Retail sales in the UK declined by 0.6% m/m in December, with forecasts of +0.7%. These numbers were supposed to cause the British dollar to fall, however, the pair continues to trade with a small amplitude, showing no particular desire to move at the end of the…

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…

Is Euro playing cat and mouse with the dollar?

At the end of the week, the European currency cheered up, after a worthy competition with the dollar. Its classic rival for the EUR / USD pair is also on the alert, strengthening against the backdrop of the relatively successful signing of the first phase deal. Experts expect to achieve a balance in tandem, and these hopes can be justified.
According to experts, the euro tried to capitalize on the signing of an agreement between Washington and Beijing, but these actions are more reminiscent of stealth maneuvers, like a cat and mouse game. However, analysts warn that it is better not to play such games with the dollar.
Recall that on Wednesday, January 15, the leaders of the two leading powers signed a document on the first phase of the trade deal. The negotiation process associated with it lasted more than six months. According to experts, this event did not provide significant support to the greenback. The pound, on the other hand, took advantage of this and tried to break out into the leaders in the EUR/USD pair and thus teasing his rival.
According to the agreement, within two years, the Celestial Empire pledged to import a number of…