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The data published by the U.S. Census Bureau today showed that durable doos orders in April contracted by 2.1% following March’s 2.8% growth and came in slightly worse than the market expectation of -2%. Further details of the report revealed that durable good orders excluding transportation stayed unchanged in the same period while the orders excluding defense declined by 2.5%.  

With the initial market reaction, the US Dollar Index extended its daily slide and was last seen losing 0.15% on a daily basis at 97.70.