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On Wednesday, Asian stocks rallied to a five-month maximum and the evergreen buck demonstrated a three-week minimum after Fed Chair Jerome Powell repeated that the Fed shifted to a more patient approach to its monetary policy in the face of decelerating economic surge.
London's FTSE lost 0.2%, while Germany’s DAX headed south by 0.1%.
MSCI's index of Asia-Pacific stocks went up by 0.10%, rebounded to the five-month maximum recorded on Monday.
Besides this, Japan's Nikkei managed to conclude up 0.5%, while Australian shares tacked on by up to 0.4%.
The Hang Seng Index rallied by 0.2% in Hong Kong.
As for the Chinese blue-chip CSI300, it headed south by 0.8%.
American stock futures dipped too. E-Minis for the S&P 500 lost 0.1%. Moreover, trading in the contracts had been postponed for several hours after a technical disruption earlier in the trading session.
Jerome Powell, Fed Chair told that the major US financial institution is reluctant to speed up changes to interest rates.
American homebuilding inched down to a more than two-year minimum in December due to the fact that construction of both single along with multi-family housing dwent down, thus overshadowing the rebound in consumer confidence in February following three months of dives.
Meanwhile, in the foreign exchange market, the evergreen buck was softer after the major US bank’s testimony. The USD index dived over 0.4% to its lowest value for three weeks overnight.
The UK pound was worth $1.3241, having ascended to $1.3288 on Tuesday that appears to be its highest value for five months. Versus the common currency, it reached a 21-month maximum of 85.63 pence.
The common currency dived to $1.1376 having reached a three-week maximum of $1.1402 overnight.
Versus the Japanese yen, the US dollar was intact showing 110.53 yen per dollar.
The US NFP will be published on August 7 at 15:30 MT time.
The market sentiment is indeed risk-on today. Stocks, riskier currencies and gold are rising amid the waning US dollar.
Follow the BOE monetary policy and rate statements on August 6 at 14:00 MT time…