FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - U.S. stock markets are mixed, after a negative opening on the back of data showing a sharper than expected decline in U.S jobless claims and U.S trade balance posting the largest monthly increase since 1999. Euro and Yen have reached fresh multi-month highs.
Dow Jones Industrials Index remains practically flat, while the Nasdaq Index rises 0.15% and the S&P Index drops 0.1%.
On the macroeconomic domain, U.S. Trade deficit widened 16.%3, in July, the largest monthly increase since 1999, to $31.96 billion in July, from $27.49 billion in June. Furthermore, Initial jobless claims fell by 26,000 in the week of Sept 5 to 550,000, from upwardly revised 576,000 claims on the previous week.
Dollar hits fresh lows against Euro and Yen
EUR/USD bounced at 1.4515 low to reach a fresh 11-month high at 1.4605 right after trade balance/jobless claims figures were released, and the Euro pulled down afterwards to test 1.4500. A the moment of writing, the Euro trades at 1.4530.
GBP/USD rallied from 1.6475 to reach levels at 1.6590 on the back of BoE monetary policy decision and soared further, reaching fresh one-month high at 1.6664, and following pullback has held above 1.6600. At the moment the Pound consolidates gains at 1.6635.
USD/JPY weakened sharply on the back of U.S. data, and the Dollar dipped to a fresh 7-month low at 91.43, although the pair has bounced up later and moves around 92.90 at the moment of writing.