Forex - EUR/USD hits daily high as dollar reverses uptrend
Forex Pros – The euro was up against the U.S. dollar on Thursday, rising to hit a daily high as the dollar reversed its recent uptrend.
EUR/USD hit 1.3853 during late Asian trade, a daily high; the pair subsequently consolidated at 1.3812, gaining 0.32%.
The pair was likely to find support at 1.3697, the low of October 20 and resistance at 1.3981, Tuesday’s high.
Earlier in the week, the dollar had been boosted by a report that the U.S. Federal Reserve was likely to unveil a program of U.S. Treasury bond purchases worth a few hundred billion dollars over several months. The report was contrary to rising market expectations of purchases in excess of USD 1 trillion.
The euro was also up against the pound, with EUR/GBP gaining 0.41% to hit 0.8767.
Later in the day, the U.S. was to release key weekly data on initial jobless claims.
Forex -USD/JPYhits 2-day low as BOJ hold steady on policy
Forex Pros – The U.S. dollar fell to a to a 2-day low against the yen on Thursday, after the Bank of Japan held its benchmark interest rate steady but moved the date of its next policy meeting up to just after the next meeting of Federal Reserve policy makers.
USD/JPY hit 81.23 during European morning trade, the pair’s lowest since October 26; the pair subsequently consolidated at 81.35, shedding 0.51%.
The pair was likely to find support at 80.61, the low of October 26 and resistance at 81.97, Wednesday’s high.
Earlier in the day, the Bank of Japan kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged in a range of 0.0% to 0.1%, in line with expectations. The bank said it moved its meeting to November 4-5 from mid-November to speed up the roll-out of a JPY 5-trillion asset buying plan, which the bank unveiled early this month.
The BOJ made no mention of the Federal Reserve November 2-3 rate review but the move sparked speculation that the BOJ wanted to be able to act quickly in the event of further yen gains.
The yen was also up against the euro, with EUR/JPY shedding 0.23% to hit 112.32.
Also Thursday, official data showed that Japanese retail sales rose significantly less-than-expected in September, rising at the slowest pace this year.
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