The main intrigue for today Forex trading session was the FOMC’s meeting at which the next interest rate should have been decided. As the most market participants expected FOMC lowered overnight interest rate in U.S. by 0.50% to 3.00%, farther widening the gap between U.S. and European interest rates. The decision was made under the pressure from the deepening crisis in the both housing and financial markets. EUR/USD jumped up by almost 100 pips after the release, showing that the dollar is going to be less attractive currency with the new 3% interest rate.
Another important statistics report came out today — it was the GDP growth for the fourth quarter of 2007. It grew far worse than the analysts expected — 0.6% compared to forecasted 1.2%. Now the signs of recession given by the real estate sector, financial market and employment situation have got confirmed by the economy output.