FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - U.S. markets have opened Thursday's session with moderate gains. Euro and Pound are picking up on risk appetite as the positive markets opening is blowing away risk aversion by claims data.

Dow Jones Industrials Index rises 0.29%, while the Nasdaq Index advances 0.50% and the S&P Index gains 0.45% less than half hour after the opening bell.

On the macroeconomic domain,U.S. initial jobless claims have increased by 15 K to 576 K in the week of August 15, against the market consensus of a 8K decline to around 548 K. Dollar and Yen have been favoured after the release of jobless claims figures.

Dollar and Yen, slightly down

EUR/USD has remained moving in a range from 1.4200 support and 1.4265 on the upside during the whole European session, after Wednesday's rally from 1.4085.

GBP/USD rose to 1.6610 intra-day high during European session times to decline afterwards, breaking below 1.6500 to find support at 1.6450. At the moment, the Pound is picking up and attempting to re-gain 1.6500.

USD/JPY decline from 94.55 has reached levels below 94.00 after U.S. jobless claims, although the Dollar is recovering at the moment, reaching levels around 94.15.