Here is what you need to know on Friday, January 17th:
- The American currency remained weak, until the release of US Retail Sales. The headline reading matched the market’s expectations, but core readings were upbeat, triggering renewed dollar demand. The EUR/USD pair finished the day in the red around 1.1130.
- UK PM Johnson’s spokesman confirmed that the Brexit transition period would not be extended further. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Brexit urges the block to respond by becoming more competitive. GBP/USD extended its advance toward 1.3100, settling at around 1.3070.
- The USD/JPY pair recovered the 110.00 level with US Retail Sales but remained below its weekly high.
- Gold edged lower, while crude oil prices posted modest gains, with commodities holding within familiar levels.
- Wall Street added to its latest gains, major indexes once again hit record lows.
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