FXstret.com (Barcelona) - U.S. stock markets have opened Thursday's session little moved on the back of weaker than expected advances on housing starts and building permits, and an unexpected decline on jobless claims. The Dollar has picked up slightly.
Dow Jones Industrial Index and the Nasdaq Index remain practically at opening levels, while the S&P Index edges down 0.1% in the first hour of trading.
On the macroeconomic domain, U.S. U.S Housing starts have increased below expectations, 1.5 up in August to an adjusted annual rate of 598,000 units, well below the market forecasts of a 3.3% increase. Building Permits rose 2.7%, instead of the 4.6% increase forecasted by market analysts.
On the other hand, U.S. initial jobless claims declined by 12,000 on the week of September 12, against the experts expectations of a 13,000 increase.
Dollar picks up from year lows
EUR/USD has retreated from fresh 2009 high at 1.4767 , reaching levels below 1.6700 at U.S markets opening, although, at the moment of writing, tthe paitr trades slightly higher, at 1.4715 after having bounced at 1.4690.
GBPUSD rose during European session to 1.6570, but the Pound was capped by weaker than expected retail sales in the UK and weakened to reach 1.6475 low at U.S. markets opening.At the moment, the Pound is launching a timid attempt to the upside, reaching level right above 1.6500.
USD/JPY decline from 91.20 found support at 90.50 during European session, and the Dollar returned to levels above 91.00 to reach very close to 91.65 area (Sept 15 high). At the moment, the Dollar trades at 91.40.