EUR/USD jumped 0.79%. Eurozone consumer prices fell 0.2% in April.

EUR/USD significantly increased today. As of 1:00 PM EDT the currency pair was trading at 1.1442, which represents a 0.79% gain from the previous close.

European shares declined today. Below is presented the performance of major indices:

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  • FTSE 100 closed at 6,241.89, down 1.27%.
  • CAC 40 lost 2.82% finishing at 4,428.96.
  • Euro Stoxx 50 was trading at 3,028.21 as of 5:50 PM GMT, which represents a 3.11% decline from the previous close.

The indices closed this week with significant decline, particularly FTSE 100, CAC 40 and Euro Stoxx 50 fell 0.88%, 2.98% and 3.59% respectively.

According to the data from Eurostat, the Eurozone consumer prices dropped by 0.2% in April from 0.0% in March. The analysts had expected the inflation to decline by 0.1%.

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As per the analysts at Danske Bank, this data poses a question for the ECB. “At the moment they are very patient and waiting to see the measures they have taken kicking in but they have to wait a long time because inflation will stay low for a very long time, that’s what we have seen confirmed by the data today,” said Pernille Bomholdt Henneberg.

Oil prices fell at the end of the European session after a three day rally started on Tuesday. As of 12:56 PM EDT the WTI Crude was trading at 45.71 USD/bbl down 0.70% and Brent Crude at 47.78 USD/bbl, which is 0.75% lower than the previous close.

“The issue is that we haven’t seen price rallies … correlate with fundamentals. The fundamentals – high stocks, high production – haven’t changed.” said Hamza Khan from ING.

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