U.S. dollar index surged on Friday to 95.70, the highest level in two-month after Jannet Yellen left the door open to an interest rate hike in the coming months. “An interest rate rise is probably appropriate in the coming months if economic data improve.” Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Friday.
Gold prices collapsed on Friday negatively affected by Yellen’s statements on interest rates and traded below $1,206. From a technical point of view, the yellow metal could re-test the psychological levels of $1,200 but it is unlikely to trade above such level.
EUR declined to $1.1110 the lowest level in two-month, negatively affected by the positive statements of Jannet Yellen. The single currency could find some support from the current levels, while likely to continue to decline further to $1.10 and $1.0960.
USD managed to settle above 110 vs. JPY last week as Japan CPI fell short of the market expectation for the second month in a row. It is likely that the greenback could continue its gains vs. JPY with a very slight decline to 109 levels.
GBP pared its gains and declined to $1.46, negatively affected by a combination of a weak UK data and a strong USD data. The Cable is awaiting UK's EU referendum next month.
Oil prices fell by 1% on Friday negatively affected by a strong USD on a surge to seven months highs, while traders are concerned about higher production with the market hovering near $50 a barrel. On the other hand, all attention to OPEC meeting next week, which is likely to disappoint investors on a resolution supporting oil prices.
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