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Dollar Weakens on Bad Manufacturing Indicators Report

March 17, 2008 by

The EUR/USD currency pair reached its new absolute maximum earlier today at 1.5902, but it has significantly corrected already and is trading around 1.5750 level.

The first falling indicator that went out today to negatively affect the financial situation on the global market and weaken the U.S. dollar further was the NY Empire State Index for March, it decreased from -11.7 to -22.2, its new all-time record low level. The economic analysts forecasted that it will go up to -5.

Industrial production and capacity utilization report was very disappointing too. Industrial production in February fell 0.5% after the January’s 0.1% growth and the 0.1% forecasted fall for February. Capacity utilization decreased from 81.5% to 80.9% (it was expected to fall to 81.3%).

Net foreign purchases of the long-term securities in January were very optimistic — they went up from $56.5 billion to $62.0 billion, showing that the foreign investors are still interested in the U.S. securities.

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