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The Dollar gained versus 15 of the 16 majors as Industrial Production rose by 0.8% versus 0.6% expected signaling U.S economy is expanding. The FOMC is still expected to keep the Interest Rate today at 0.25% but more economists expect a rate increase to 0.5% until June 2010. PPI came out stronger with 1.8% versus 0.8% expected and TIC Long Term Purchases came out weaker with 20.7B versus 38.3B prior. NASDAQ and Dow Jones declined by -0.50% and -0.47% respectively as wholesale inflation raised concerns the Fed will be forced to raise interest rates. Crude gained by 0.17% closing at 70.81$ a barrel ending a 9 day declining streak. Gold (XAU) gained by 0.29% closing at 1125.70$ an ounce. Today, Building Permits are expected with 0.58M versus 0.55M prior. CPI is expected with 0.4% versus 0.3% prior and Core CPI is expected with 0.1% versus 0.2% prior. Investors are waiting for the FOMC Interest Rate decision that is expected to remain at 0.25%.
The Euro fell versus the Dollar and the Pound after weaker French CPI results, which triggered the Euro's decline. German ZEW Economic Sentiment came out 50.4 slightly better than 50.1 expected but ZEW Economic Sentiment came out weaker with 48 versus 50.9 expected. More countries in the Euro zone show signs the recession is still alive. Greece is struggling with its debt and Austria nationalized Hypo Bank. Overall, EUR/USD traded with a low of 1.4503 and a high of 1.4659. Today, German and French Manufacturing PMI are expected slightly stronger. CPI and Core CPI are expected unchanged with 0.6% and 1.2% accordingly.
EUR/USD - Last: 1.4535
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