The Dollar saw mixed results against the major currencies during last week's trading session. The Dollar had ups and downs vs. the Euro, and eventually the EUR/USD level closed at the 1.29 level. The Dollar also slightly strengthened against the Yen, while falling against the Pound.
The Dollar's volatile session came as a result of the mixed data from the U.S. economy. On one hand, the housing sector provided positive data last week. The U.S. Building Permits report showed that 0.59M new residential buildings permits were issued during June. The meaning of the data is that the quantity of future construction will rise; obtaining a permit is among the first steps in constructing a new building.
However on the other hand, the unemployment reports delivered negative signals. The weekly Unemployment Claims report showed that jobless claims in the U.S. increased more than forecasted to 464,000. The number of individuals who filed for unemployment insurance for the first time during the past week rose from 427,000, and failed to reach expectations for 449,000.
As for the week ahead, many interesting economic reports are expected from the U.S. The most significant publications look to be the New Home Sales, the Consumer Confidence, Durable Goods Orders indices, the Unemployment Claims, and the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). All these reports have potential to impact global trading and the Dollar in particular, and traders are suggested to follow the end results.