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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. 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…

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…

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,…

UK Retail Sales Fall Unexpectedly During Festive Season

UK retail sales declined unexpectedly even in festive season in December signaling that weak consumer spending weighed on economic growth in the last quarter of 2019. Retail sales volume, including auto fuel, dropped 0.6 percent month-on-month, following a 0.8 percent decrease in November, data from the Office for National Statistics showed Friday. This was the fifth consecutive month of no growth. Economists had forecast a monthly growth of 0.6 percent. Excluding auto fuel, retail sales fell 0.8 percent, the same pace of decline as logged in November and in contrast to the expected growth of 0.8 percent. Food store sales fell 1.3 percent, which was the largest drop since December 2016. At the same time, non-food store sales slid 0.9 percent in December. Meanwhile, automotive fuel sales advanced 1.6 percent. Annual growth in retail sales volume, including auto fuel, improved marginally to 0.9 percent from 0.8 percent a month ago. However, this was much slower than the expected growth of 2.7 percent. Similarly, excluding auto fuel, retail sales volume increased 0.7 percent after rising 0.6 percent in November. Economists had forecast an annual growth of 3 percent. In the fourth quarter, retail sales declined 1 percent….

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…

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

Since November 14, the price levels around 1.1000 has stood as a significant DEMAND-Level offering adequate bullish SUPPORT for the pair on two successive occasions.During this Period, the EUR/USD pair has been trapped within a narrow consolidation range between the price levels of 1.1000 and 1.1085-1.1100 (where a cluster of supply levels and a Triple-Top pattern were located) until December 11.On December 11, another bullish swing was initiated around 1.1040 allowing recent bullish breakout above 1.1110 to pursue towards 1.1175 within the depicted short-term bullish channel.Initial Intraday bearish rejection was expected around the price levels of (1.1175).Moreover, On December 20, bearish breakout of the depicted short-term channel was executed. Thus, further bearish decline was demonstrated towards 1.1065 where significant bullish recovery has originated.The recent bullish pullback towards 1.1235 (Previous Key-zone) was suggested to be watched for bearish rejection and another valid SELL entry.Suggested bearish position has achieved its targets while approaching the price levels around 1.1110.As expected, the Key-Level around 1.1110 has provided some bullish rejection. That’s why, the previous bullish pullback was expected to pursue towards 1.1140 and 1.1175 where the depicted key-zone as well as the recently-broken uptrend are located.Recent signs of bearish rejection were demonstrated around 1.1175. That’s…