INTERNATIONAL CURRENCY BUZZ :
- Forex – USD/CAD slips to 2-1/2 month lows amid rising oil prices
- Forex – Dollar extends gains to fresh 3-week peak vs. rivals
- Forex – Dollar moves higher on upbeat U.S. GDP data
The euro dropped to one-month lows against the U.S. dollar on Friday, as strong U.S. economic reports lent broad support to the greenback.EUR/USD hit 1.0944 during U.S. morning trade, the pair’s lowest since February 3; the pair subsequently consolidated at 1.0958, declining 0.54%.The pair was likely to find support at 1.0901, the low of February 3 and resistance at 1.1137, the high of February 22.Preliminary data showed that U.S. gross domestic product grew 1.0% in the fourth quarter, compared to a previously reported 0.7% growth rate and expectations for a 0.4% rate.Data also showed that personal spending rose 0.5% in January, beating expectations for a 0.3% gain, after an increase of 0.1% in December.
The pound edged higher against the U.S. dollar on Friday, as sentiment on the greenback weakened ahead of a string of key U.S. economic reports and as concerns over a potential British exit from the European Union slightly eased. GBP/USD hit 1.4020 during European morning trade, the pair’s highest since Wednesday; the pair subsequently consolidated at 1.4014, rising 0.37%.Cable was likely to find support at 1.3875, Wednesday’s low and a seven-year low and resistance at 1.4155, Tuesday’s high.Investors were eyeing the release of U.S. economic growth, personal spending and consumer sentiment data, due later Friday, for further indications on the strength of the economy and potential U.S. rate hikes this year. The dollar had found support after data showed that U.S. durable goods orders rose far more-than-expected last month.
- BUY GBP/USD ABOVE 1.3880 TARGET 1.4000 1.4040 SL 1.3840
- SELL GBP/USD BELOW 1.3830 TARGET 1.3810 1.3760 SL 1.3860