The US dollar stopped its winning streak. Earlier the index dollar basket (USDX) finished the trading day at the mark of 95.00. The ECB large-scale incentives program led to the euro considerable sales and after the German manufacturing sector business climate negative release the bearish EUR/USD trend has accelerated. The Greece elections results also had a negative impact on the euro exchange rate. Nevertheless the pair slightly increased on Monday.
The pair GBP/USD was not able to get support from the UK sudden strong retail sales release. The retail sales rose by 0.4% in December while the consensus forecast predicted its growth by 0.6%. The average earnings growth and the unemployment reduction have a positive impact on the UK consumers. However, despite this positive factor - the British pound was hardly able to demonstrate its growth near the resistance level of 1.5100 which indicates the strong sellers’ presence that holds back the bulls’ onslaught.
After the three days growth in the world's leading stock markets bulls took profits on the long positions that supported demand for the "safe haven" yen. It should also be noted that there was demand for the US high-tech assets which is a positive factor for the stock market.