Weekly summary. EUR/USD closed at 1.1158.

The EUR/USD pair traded in the range of 1.0812-1.0246 during this week. US dollar started to weaken sharply from Wednesday, with EUR/USD reaching its highest level since October 2015. However the pair declined during the European session today, closing at 1.1158, which is 0.37% lower than the previous close.


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The weakening dollar during the week was driven by the dovish comments from New York Federal Reserve chief William Dudley, which raised concerns about Fed changing its plans to increase the interest rate even further. Other reason can be the disappointing ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI release, according to which the US service activity growth in January declined to 53.5, the weakest figure in 27 months.

Today’s rate drop was caused by the announcement from Labor Department, according to which the US unemployment dropped to 4.9%, however the economy added only 151K new jobs in January compared with expected figure of 190K.

The major US indices have the following performance today:

  • DJIA closed at 16,204.97, down 1.29%.
  • Nasdaq Composite plunged 3.25%, finishing the session at 4,363.14, the lowest price since October 2014.
  • S&P 500 declined 1.85%, closing at 1,880.05.

Oil price fell today driven by strong US dollar. The WTI Crude closed at 30.89 USD/bbl, down 2.62%. The WTI closed the week with a loss of 8.12%. The Brent Crude closed today at 34.06 USD/bbl (-1.16%), noting that it dropped almost 2% during the week.

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