The U.S. dollar regained some strength following a slew of hawkish Fed rhetoric. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen reiterated in a town hall meeting that the U.S. economy is doing quite well. She was optimistic on the labor market and inflation and wage growth, saying that inflation is close to the Fed’s 2 percent goal.
These hawkish remarks helped the greenback to recover from its recent lows. The euro peaked at 1.0684 before falling back toward the 1.06-support level. Below 1.0570 we may see further losses towards 1.0480.
The British pound took a brief glimpse above 1.23 but was not able to stabilize above that high level. The 1.21-level will now be back in focus and if the pound drops below that mark, we expect a next lower target to be at 1.20. The beginning of next week is going to be interesting for sterling traders as U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May will set out her Brexit vision in a speech on Tuesday. Recent speculation about a so-called ‘hard Brexit’ has increased the pressure on the pound.
Today we will watch important economic data releases such as U.S. Retail Sales, scheduled for release at 13:30 UTC and University of Michigan Confidence due at 15:00 UTC. The Retail Sales report is expected to show an uptick in December and should this be confirmed, the dollar could recover even more quickly.
Have a nice weekend.
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