EUR/USD up 0.18%. Oil above $40.

EUR/USD continued to rose during Asian session today following a massive rally yesterday driven by Fed announcement. As of 3:00 AM EDT the pair was trading at 1.1233, which is 0.18% higher than the previous close.

US Federal Reserve kept interest rates steady at 0.25-0.5% and cut its forecast for future rate hikes to 2 from 4 this year. It also expects 2 hikes in 2017. According to Fed Chair Janet Yellen they are cautious of raising rates, stating that she was not sure whether the inflation had accelerated. US inflation increased to 2.3% in twelve months to February, which is higher than the 2% target rate from Fed.

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“This was far more dovish than markets had expected, resulting in sharp rallies in commodities, emerging markets and commodity-related currencies,” said Angus Nicholson from IG.

Most Asian shares rose today on Fed announcement, except Nikkei 225, which fell driven by strengthening yen. Below is mentioned the performance of major indices:

  • Shanghai Composite gained 1.2% closing at 2,904.83.
  • Nikkei 225 finished slightly lower at 16,936.38 (-0.22%).
  • Hang Seng was trading at 20,449.18 as of 3:11 PM HKT, which represents a 0.95% increase.

Oil prices slightly rose today following a jump of more than 5% yesterday. As of 2:42 AM EDT the WTI Crude was trading at 38.94 USD/bbl up 1.25% and Brent Crude at 40.53 USD/bbl, which is 0.50% above the previous close.

Yesterday Qatari Energy Minister Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada announced that they are willing to freeze the production level together with Russia and Saudi Arabia despite Iran’s rejection.

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