WORST QUARTER FOR DOLLAR IN A YEAR EVEN AFTER EDGING UP

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On Friday, dollar was on track and edged up with a rise of almost one percent, benefited from a weaker euro.

The fall down of greenback by 1.7 % against major currencies was worst of the year. At the start of the year dollar saw 14-year highs because of the economic reforms that were pushing through the congress. On Friday dollar was up at 100.46 by 0.1%, but down by 3% from January’s peak.

As per the revised U.S. GDP data, it has been observed that fourth quarter growth of United States has been slowed less than the previous one which was reported that customer spending has provided an increase to U.S. economy that was offset in two years by largest gains in imports.

On contrary, the consumer price data of Germany and Spain were disappointing, which came on Thursday. The data showed that the inflation rate was slowed down very sharply in this month as the prices of oil slumped.

Euro edged up 0.2 percent to $1.0694 on Friday as the market has moved very far in the matter if pricing in monetary tightening. This weighed Euro in past four days, which was down with 2%.

“The combination of inflation disappointments as well as a consistent press of ECB rhetoric on market pricing has shifted people out of this very short term but long euro view,” said Citi’s head of FX strategy in London, Richard Cochinos.

“We also have the French elections at the end of the month, so I think it’s going to be difficult for the market to go and buy a bunch of euros until we get through that.”

Moreover, according to top trade officials, Trump is going to sign executive orders that are aiming at identifying the causes of massive U.S. trade deficits and restraining on imports of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on non-payment.

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