FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - U.S. markets have opened Friday's session with moderate advances, after a larger than expected advance on retail sales boosted markets optimism in the United States while the Dollar soared across the board shrugging off previous weakness.
Dow Jones Industrials Index advances 0.4% u, while the Nasdaq Index adds 0.25%, the same advance as the S&P Index, in the first minutes after the opening bell.
On the macroeconomic domain, U.S. Retail sales have increased at a 1.3% pace in November, beating expert's forecasts of a 0.6% advance, while, excluding automobiles, retail sales have advanced 1.2% on the month, a crucial advance in a heavily consumer oriented economy.
Dollar soars across the Board
EUR/USD dropped from 1.4770 after retail sales, and gave away European session's rally, reaching levels 1.4665, Dec 8 low to hit a fresh 5-week low at 1.4635 low so far.
GBP/USD pull down from intra-day high at 1.6340 has extended after Retail sales data, with the Pound easing from 1.6300 to test 1.6215 support level at the moment of writing.
USD/JPY recovery from 87.35 low on Wednesday has extended after retail sales data, as the pair jumped from 88.80 to break through 89.00 and 89.20 resistance levels before hitting a fresh day high at 89.43, right below 89.40/50 resistance area.