The U.S. dollar index which measures the dollar against a basket of six other currencies, rose to $79.433 from around $79.152 late Monday.
The dollar moved higher early in the U.S. trading session and picked up steam after the Commerce Department said factory data jumped 0.7% in November, later in the afternoon the greenback strengthened further after the release of the Fed mintues.
A steep selloff in gold and other commodities overshadowed the currency markets however, gold futures ended down $44.1 or 3.1% to $1,378.80 an ounce.
Trading Setups / Chart in Focus:
The GBPUSD pushed higher today into resistance near 1.5650 off a bullish 4hr fakey setup that formed yesterday. We discussed this 4hr fakey setup in our member’s forum commentary before it came off to the upside, some of our member’s netted a solid 1 to 2 risk / reward on this setup.
The GBPUSD is currently trading in a range between 1.5650 and 1.5350, these levels will be important in determining the near-term fate of this currency pair.
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On Wall Street today the S&P and Nasdaq moved lower as investors abandoned hot commodity stocks and fears of lower supermarket profits struck food retailers.
The Dow gained 20.43 points, or 0.18 percent, the S&P 500 lost 1.67 points, or 0.13 percent, and the Nasdaq lost 10.27 points, or 0.38 percent.
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