Markets await Euro-Zone ZEW Survey

On Tuesday, The Greenback settled high vs. its major peers, continuing its rebound from last week’s three-year declines, but the expectations remained clouded by worries over the outlook for the U.S. fiscal deficit.

  • The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, was up by 0.51% at 89.53.

The single currency fell by 0.45%, to settle at $1.2351, negatively affected by a strong U.S. dollar. On the release front, traders are awaiting German ZEW Survey Expectations and Euro-Zone ZEW Survey.

The Sterling pound rose slightly by 0.01%, to settle at $1.4000.

Against the JPY, the USD rose by 0.55%, to settle at ¥107.18, as traders are awaiting Fed Minutes. No major reports are due from Japan today.

Early on Tuesday, Gold prices continued to decline, negatively affected by the Greenback’s ongoing strength and reduced demand for safe-haven assets. Looking ahead, market players are awaiting the minutes of the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting, due on Wednesday, for cues on the outlook for U.S. monetary policy and interest rate hike. Gold Futures - Apr 18 (GCJ8), fell by 1.23%, to settle at $1,339.50.

Oil prices gave up some early gains on Tuesday with U.S. crude still carrying momentum from Friday's gains due to a holiday on Monday while international Brent prices declined. Crude Oil WTI Futures - Mar 18 (CLH8) rose as much as 0.88%, to settle at $62.09, and Brent Oil Futures - Apr 18 (LCOJ8) was down by 0.59% at $65.28.

The most important economic events:

  • EUR German ZEW Survey Expectations (FEB): (GMT 10:00) – Important – Forecast (16.0) – Previous (20.4).
  • EUR Euro-Zone ZEW Survey (Economic Sentiment) (FEB): (GMT 10:00) – Important – Forecast (N/A) – Previous (31.8).

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