FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - U.S. markets have opened Thursday's session with moderate advances on the back of better than expected jobless claims figures, and with the financial sector leading gains on early trade. The Dollar rises against Pound, and pares gains against Euro.
Dow Jones Index advances 0.5% while the Nasdaq Indexes adds 0.25% and the S&P Index trades 0.20% up in the first minutes after the opening bell.
In the macroeconomic domain, U.S. initial Jobless claims have declined by 21K to 530 K in the week of September the 19th, from upwardly revised 551K on the previous week, a larger than expected decline, as market analysts had advances initial claims to total 545K. Continuing claims have declined by 123K to 6,138 K in the week of September the 12th.
Euro re-gains ground, Pound plunges
EUR/USD has strengthened during the Day and, after having found support at 1.4685 the Euro has taken back lost ground to reach a session high at 1.4800 before easing to 1.4760 at the moment of writing.
GBP/USD has been going through a sharp decline on Thursday and after being hammered by BoE Governor's words defending a weak Pound to stabilize economy, the Pound has dropped from levels around 1.6380 to reach levels right above 1.6135 (Sept 21 high) giving away all the ground taken from Monday to Wednesday.
USD/JPY has declined from Asian session high at 91.60 to 90.35 low during European trading session, and the Dollar has bounced reaching levels around 90.80 at the time of writing.