The US dollar continued to strengthen against its major competitors - the dollar index basket (USDX) finished the trading day at the mark of 94.87. During the day the pair EUR/USD was under pressure after the euro area weak inflation data. According to the preliminary estimates the CPI decline has accelerated and the Old World deflationary disease is developing at full speed. As a result, the trade within the euro/dollar finished with the quotations slight increase in the consolidation range.
The UK 10- year bond yields sharp decline acted as a major factor for the British pound sales against the US dollar. The Gilts yields installed a fresh 5-year minimum that is a bearish factor for the pair GBP/USD. Even the US GDP moderately negative data for the 4th quarter was unable to reverse the negative trend. By the end of the day the pair GBP/USD had decreased.
The Japan moderate positive macroeconomic statistics encouraged bears to open the "shorts". The inflation was 0.1% in December that came better than forecasted medians, despite the household expenditure negative release. Traders ignored the personal consumption weak data and focused their attention on the CPI report. The US GDP strong release was unable to support bulls and they were disappointed. Growth in the 4th quarter amounted to 2.6% instead of the expected growth by 3%. Pressure on the dollar was growing and finally the trading day ended with the quotations decrease.