European currency gains marked the past trading week.
Asia markets were mixed on Monday, following a strong lead from Wall Street last week as market players looked ahead to fresh economic data, while keeping an eye on the political agenda and especially, on the Republican-backed tax reform bill.
Yesterday positive statistical data from the EU allowed to revert the pair EUR / USD higher. The data showed a decline in the unemployment rate in the EU to 8.8%, and an increase in the inflation rate to 1.5%.
Today in the first half of the European session, USD dollar traded somewhat stronger. Yesterday's sharp increase in yields on US bonds led to a significant USD dollar gain against the Japanese yen.
Asian equities were mostly lower on Thursday as oil quotes consolidated and as technology stocks dropped following a sold off in the US on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, global markets were able to change the mood and moved to gain, with some of the European markets recovering all Monday's losses amid a weaker euro and demand for energy and oil sectors.