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Chinese Yuan Strengthens As Q4 GDP Beats Estimates

The Chinese yuan is strengthening against most major currency rivals to close out the trading week, driven by a better-than-expected reading of the world’s second-largest economy in the fourth quarter. But the various economic reports on Friday highlighted across-the-board improvements, which could signal that Beijing may be on track for a rebound in 2020, especially with the US and China declaring a trade truce.

Pound Crashes on Weak UK Retail Sales Report and US-Iran Tensions

The Sterling pound today crashed against the US dollar in the early London session following the release of the disappointing latest UK retail sales report. The GBP/USD currency pair had been trading higher before the release boosted by upbeat investor sentiment before nosediving to its daily lows after the announcement.

EUR/USD Pair Falls From Daily Highs on Upbeat US Retail Sales

The euro today fell against the US dollar in the American session following the release of upbeat US retail sales data. The EUR/USD currency pair fell from its daily highs giving up all the gains made earlier in the session as the Dollar Index soared.

Chinese Yuan Weakens Despite Exports Beating Market Forecasts

The Chinese yuan is falling against several major currency competitors on Tuesday, despite positive trade data that suggest the US-China trade dispute winding down is proving already to be bullish for Beijing. The December numbers are beginning to roll in, and so far, it is good news for the world’s second-largest economy.

Australian Dollar Gets Boost from Market Sentiment & Retail Sales

The Australian dollar together with its New Zealand counterpart were the strongest currencies on the Forex markets today thanks to the positive market sentiment. The Aussie got an additional boost from good domestic macroeconomic data as retail sales rose much more than was expected.

Great Britain Pound Soft After BoE Governor Hints at Interest Rate Cut

The Great Britain pound dropped today, though by now it has managed to trim losses against some of its rivals. The main reason for the decline were comments from Bank of England Governor Mark Carney that suggested a possible interest rate cut. Continuing Brexit uncertainty was also hurting the currency.

Euro Falls on Middle East Tensions, Ignores Upbeat Eurozone Data

The euro today fell against the much stronger US dollar amid heightened political tensions in the Middle East as investors bought the safe-haven greenback. The EUR/USD currency pair was on a downward spiral from the start of the session ignoring upbeat eurozone releases, which accelerated after the release of upbeat US data.

Euro Rallies on German Retail Sales and Euro Area PMIs, Later Falls

The euro today rallied higher against the US dollar in the early European session following the release of upbeat German retail sales data and euro area PMIs. The EUR/USD currency pair later fell as the greenback rallied amid rising US-Iran tensions and the release of upbeat US PMI data by Markit Economics.

Japanese Yen Stuck Trading Sideways Against the Weak US Dollar

The Japanese yen today traded in a tight range against the US dollar despite the greenback’s overall weakness against other major currencies. The USD/JPY traded sideways even as the Nikkei 225 equity index closed lower for the day despite the risk-on market sentiment.

Canadian Dollar Dips As Economy Contracts In October

The Canadian dollar is trading a bit lower against multiple currency competitors to start the trading week, driven by a recent string of disappointing economic numbers, including a surprising economic contraction in October. The loonie has still been one of the best-performing currencies among G20 nations, but anemic growth could affect its performance heading into 2020.

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