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US Jobless Claims 352K – Excellent News

Early expectations stood on 387K. This is a very low level, last seen a long time before the financial crisis.  The moving average is also lower.

Last week’s number was revised upwards, from 399K to 402K, making it a one time bump in the overall trend of drops in jobless claims and making the week over week drop huge: 50K.

EUR/USD ticks down to 1.29, retreating from higher ground it reached after breaking the 1.2873 resistance line earlier. Update: the losses have been erased and the pair is rising on risk averse trading.

USD/JPY remains unchanged.

Update: The Philly Fed Index scored 7,3 points, with a strong employment component.

This news provides hope for the next Non-Farm Payrolls report even though January is known for volatility.

US CPI remained unchanged, while Core CPI rose by 0.1%. All in all, inflation in 2011 stood on 3%, as expected.

The trend is similar to PPI. US Building Permits stand on a pace of 0.68 million, as expected. Housing starts are at 0.66 million, lower than 0.69 expected.

PPI figures released yesterday showed that core prices are on the rise, +0.3%, while the headline figure is dropping by 0.1%. This is quite mixed.

Another big release is still awaiting us: the Philly Fed Manufacturing Index for January. The fresh figure will show if the expiration of tax incentives really made a difference for December.

See how to trade this event with USD/JPY.

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.