Fed Decision Turns USD Bearish

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The US dollar turned overwhelmingly bearish throughout yesterday's trading session, following the Fed announcement that US interest rates would remain at their current levels for at least the next two years. The greenback took further losses after the weekly US Unemployment Claims came in higher than forecasted. The news brought the EUR/USD to a five-week high, while the USD/JPY reversed gains made earlier in the week and tumbled close to 80 pips.

As we close out the week, analysts are forecasting the USD to maintain its current bearish trend. The surprising decision from the Fed caused investors to question the pace of the US economic recovery. This sentiment was reinforced by several economic indicators out of the US yesterday that came in below expectations. Traders will want to note the results of the Advance GDP figure today, scheduled to be released at 13:30 GMT. A positive number may give the dollar a temporary boost before markets close.


Traders will not want to forget that next week the US will release its monthly Non-Farm Payrolls ( NFP ) figure. The NFP is widely considered the leading economic indicator on the forex calendar and consistently leads to market volatility. Should the NFP show further growth in the US employment sector, riskier currencies like the euro may see upward movement.



The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.



This article appears in: Investing , Forex and Currencies

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