Last week several important economic updates influenced the Forex market. US preliminary GDP fell less than expected (0.6% actual vs. 0.7% forecast). Below you will find the key events to trade on during the week from August 29 to September 2.
Evergreen buck goes up
On Tuesday, the evergreen buck surged due to the fact that China and America are on the verge of extending trade negotiations into Wednesday.
Officials from the two countries are expected to meet in Beijing and negotiations are going to be extended to a third day, backing a hoped that the two leading economies around the globe could have their differences resolved before a March 1 deadline.
At the U.S. delegation's hotel, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy at the US Department of Energy, Steven Winberg confirmed the extension to journalists. However, the US statesman didn’t answer other questions.
Evaluating the purchasing power of the American dollar versus its primary peers the USD index jumped by about 0.3% ending up with 95.55.
The evergreen buck surged versus the Japanese yen. The currency pair USD/JPY headed north by 0.05% trading at 108.73.
Market participants are also looking ahead to a speech from US leader, in which he’s anticipated to address the government shutdown as well as building a wall on the border with Mexico. American leader has told that he won’t have a budget signed unless it includes financing for that wall. His remark has resulted in an impasse with Congress.
In addition to this, the common currency headed south in the face of a sudden dive in German industrial output that sparked fears of a deceleration in the region and could hinder the European Central Bank’s initiative to wean off its stimulus programs. As a matter of fact, the currency pair EUR/USD tumbled by 0.34% being worth 1.1433. The UK pound dived by 0.4% against the backdrop of ongoing Brexit pressure because the vote for a withdrawal pact goes before Parliament next week. The currency pair GBP/USD hit 1.2720.
The currency pair AUD/USD slumped by 0.3% being worth 0.7127. NZD/USD went down by 0.5% hitting 0.6713, while USD/CAD stood still at 1.3295.
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The Federal Reserve (Fed) will announce its Interest Rate Decision and make a statement about the future monetary policy on Wednesday, September 21, GMT+3. After the higher-than-expected inflation numbers published on September 13, there’s almost no doubt the Federal Reserve will come up with another 75-basis-point rate hike. However, surprised by the CPI numbers, several Fed members announced the possibility of a 100-basis-point rate hike on Wednesday.