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Euro Surges on Better Economic Indicators

May 28, 2009 (Last updated on January 10, 2013) by

EUR/USD posted a sharp gain today after declining for three days in a row as the markets gained on the better fundamental conditions. The  U. S. statistics was mixed today, but still positive enough for EUR/USD to rise. It’s now trading near 1.3937.

Durable goods orders rose by 1.9% in April after decreasing by 2.1% in March (revised down from 0.8% drop). The median forecast was at 0.5% gain.

Initial jobless claims decreased from 636k to 623k last week. A drop to 628k was expected.

New home sales rose from 351k to 352k seasonally adjusted annual rate in April. But the March value came out revised down from 356k. Traders expected a growth to 360k.

Crude oil inventories decreased by 5.4 million barrels last week, following 2.1 million barrels decline during a previous week. The overall inventories are now at 363.1 million barrels.

Yesterday the existing home sales report showed a gain from 4.55 million to 4.68 million in April compared to March. The March value was negatively revised from 4.57 million. The April growth according to the average forecast should have been to 4.66 million.

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