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 holds modest gains after American jobs report
On Monday, the evergreen buck managed to retain modest gains right after an American jobs report soothed fears of a steeper deceleration in the world's number one economy.
Friday’s data disclosed that nonfarm payrolls went up by a solid 196,000 last month, topping expectations and providing riskier assets with much-needed support.
Versus a pack of key counterparts, the USD index kept to 97.383 having soared 0.1% on Friday.
The evergreen buck’s profits were tamed because some components of the American employment report dropped a hint that the US economy wasn't already firing on all cylinders.
In March, wage gains had speeded down, with average hourly earnings heading north by just 0.1% having rallied by 0.4% in February. The moderation in wage surge backed the Fed’s decision to have further interest rate lifts suspended in 2019.
The China-US trade negotiations don't look to conclude any time soon and traders will shift their focus to Europe soon, as Brexit approaches its next milestone on April 12.
On Friday, Chinese and American negotiators wrapped up their latest round of trade negotiations and were expected to resume talks next week in an attempt to secure a pact, which would resolve a long-lasting tariff conflict.
The UK’s departure from the EU looms on April 12, although British Prime Minister Theresa May has asked Brussels to have the exit delayed until June 30 with minor progress being achieved towards Britain’s departure.
On Friday, the UK pound went down to a one-week minimum of $1.2987, as the Netherlands and France expressed doubt regarding May's plan to further postpone Brexit.
As for the common currency, it was intact, keeping to $1.1218 having slumped a bit versus the evergreen buck on Friday.
Versus the Japanese yen, the evergreen buck was a bit lower at 111.65 yen having tacked on to a three-week peak of 111.825 on Friday reacting to the American jobs report.
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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.