The US dollar lost some ground against its major competitors - the dollar index basket (USDX) finished the trading day at the mark of 94.20. The pair EUR/USD was in demand amid the US durable goods orders negative macroeconomic statistics. The sales declined by 3.4% in December while the market expected growth by 0.6%. We should mention the fact that traders ignored the US strong consumer confidence and new home sales data. Apparently, traders consider that the euro is strongly oversold and liquidated short positions.
The UK weak GDP data for the 4th quarter could not encourage bears to open the large number of short positions. The final indicator was 0.5% that is slightly below the traders’ expectations. The manufacturing sector and the service sector weakness have had a significant negative impact on the UK economic growth.
The pair USD/JPY was under pressure amid the profit-taking on global stock markets long positions. However, after the US positive new buildings sales and consumer confidence releases we saw steady demand for the US dollar. It is worth noting the Conference Board report which showed the private consumption growth up to the level of 102.9 p. in January. Nevertheless the pair slightly fell at the end of the trades, but did not exit the range.