The US Dollar Index Has Updated the Highs

The US currency continued to rise against the basket of major currencies after Powell's, the head of the Fed, positive statements. The US dollar index (#DX) updated the monthly highs and closed in the positive zone (+0.18%). However, the trade war remains the focus of attention. Representatives of the US White House believe that Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China, obstructs negotiations and the achievement of agreements between the countries. At the same time, the EU intends to introduce duties in return on the import of automobiles to the US from Europe. On July 25 representatives from the European Union are going to visit Washington, where, most likely, the situation will be clarified.

The US dollar is also supported by the index of manufacturing activity from the Federal Reserve Bank for July, published yesterday, which counted to 25.7 and was above the forecasted value of 21.6. Also yesterday, data on the volume of retail sales in the UK for June were published: the indicator dropped to -0.5%, while experts expected +0.1%. Today we expect important statistics from Canada.

The "black gold" prices are moderately growing. At the moment, futures for the WTI crude oil are testing a mark of $68.35 per barrel.

Market Indicators

Yesterday, sales were observed on the US stock market: #SPY (-0.38%), #DIA (-0.49%), #QQQ (-0.50%).

At the moment, the yield of 10-year US government bonds is at the level of 2.84-2.85%.

The news feed on 2018.07.20:

- Reports on inflation and retail sales in Canada at 15:30 (GMT+3:00).

by JustForex, 2018.07.20

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This article reflects a personal opinion and should not be interpreted as an investment advice, and/or offer, and/or a persistent request for carrying out financial transactions, and/or a guarantee, and/or a forecast of future events.

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