EUR/USD (a 4-hour chart)
Amid Euro zone interesting reports absence the investors paid their attention to the statistics from the U.S.. The real estate market reports showed disappointing results that provided some support of the pair EUR/USD. The last FED’s meeting Minutes helped the U.S. currency regain some lost ground. The FED noted that business activity in the U.S. increased in recent months and despite the weakness in the labor market - do not deviate from the selected rate reduction incentive program QE- 3. Stock markets in the United States responded to a decrease of quotations, investors closed long positions and went into the cache, causing demand for the dollar.
Weak data on the labor market in the UK cheered "bears" to open the short positions on the pair GBP/USD. The December report showed rising unemployment in Albion by 0.1% - to the level of 7.2 %. Minutes of the last meeting of the Bank of England pointed to wait a long period of a low inflation, which is negative for economic growth. On this negative background - in the European trading session, there was a decline of the British currency pair quotes.
The pair USD/JPY throughout the day moderately decreased on background weak data from the U.S. housing market. Japan's stock market is also not supported "bulls" and after the publication of minutes of the last meeting of the FED observed decrease in quotations of futures on the Nikkei 225 stock index.