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Unemployment Claims Better Than Expected – Dollar Rises

Today’s Unemployment Claims in the USA were much better than expected – 492,000. It showed a significant drop from the numbers in the  past few weeks, always above 550,000.

It was also much better the Forex market’s expectations that were at 575K. This surprise is a sweet candy just before  New Years.

This figure send the dollar upwards: it gained against the Euro: EUR/USD at 1.3903. The Japanese Yen weakened slightly to 90.65 (USD/JPY), and the USD/CHF rose to 1.0670 – the biggest jump in all majors.

Only the British pound reacted differently. This “against the stream” behavior happened in the last days when we saw a the pound lose a lot of value against everybody, when the dollar fell.

It seems that when the USD strengthens – the GBP strengthens even more, and when the USD weakens, the GBP wekaens even more.

GBP/USD is currently at 1.4610.

Many Forex traders will keep their eyes open for Jean Claude Trichet’s speech later on. Although it comes when most forex traders will be celebrating, his speech could hint the direction of the Euro.

Happy New Year!

Yohay Elam

Yohay Elam

Yohay Elam: Founder, Writer and Editor I have been into forex trading for over 5 years, and I share the experience that I have and the knowledge that I've accumulated. After taking a short course about forex. Like many forex traders, I've earned a significant share of my knowledge the hard way. Macroeconomics, the impact of news on the ever-moving currency markets and trading psychology have always fascinated me. Before founding Forex Crunch, I've worked as a programmer in various hi-tech companies. I have a B. Sc. in Computer Science from Ben Gurion University. Given this background, forex software has a relatively bigger share in the posts.