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CPI Advances Moderately, Moves Dollar Up

February 20, 2008 by

CPI release for January along with some moderate data on housing lifted traders’ expectations and spurred some good growth of the U.S. dollar with both EUR/USD and GBP/USD losing about a half percent for the day. It may be a good sign for the dollar bulls eventually as it is almost definite now that the recession is either ending or is not going to happen at all.

January CPI grew at the same pace as in December — 0.4% up above the expected by the markets 0.3% growth.

Housing starts during the same month increased from 1,004k to 1,012k, but were slightly below the expected 1,015k level, while building permits decreased from 1,080k to 1,048k and were slightly above the expectations (1,040k).

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