June 24: American session
Tatiana Norkina, analyst at FBS
The dollar has begun to strengthen considerably today, after the positive statistics data from the U.S. The CB Consumer Confidence Index has risen to the 85.2 mark, instead of the forecast 83.5, while new home sales have exceeded all expectations - up to 504 thousand (predicted nimber - 440 thousand). This has allowed the U.S. dollar index to rise to the 80.45 figure, after a morning dip to 80.25. Thus, a positive trend is in effect and the index is adding about 0.15%. Major U.S. stock markets have opend in the green zone as well: DJIA is adding about 0.15%, S&P500 - 0.25%. A speech by Secretary of the Treasure Lew is expected a little later.
Currency markets are witnessing a significant recovery of the dollar against the majority of the world currencies today. Thus, the EUR/USD pair has once again got under the 1.3600 figure, after a day's testing of the 1.3620 resistance. The GBP/USD currency pair has fallen to around 1.6970. USD/CHF is trading in the 0.8950 area, after finding support at the 0.8930 mark. In the meantime, USD/JPY has soared to the 102.10 figure - the bears have refused to break through the 101.80 support.