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Good news from the US: jobless claims drop below 300K once again: a drop of 14K to 298K. Continuing claims stand on exactly 2.5 million, also slightly better than predicted. The 4 week moving average is at nearly 301K, higher than last week, but still low enough and encouraging  enough.

The dollar is slightly stronger, on this this marginally better than expected number. Update: the dollar now changes direction and slides a bit. All the moves are minimal. It seems that markets are awaiting Yellen’s big speech tomorrow.

US jobless claims were expected to slide down to 302K after 311K last week (now revised to 312K).  In recent months,  jobless claims leaned lower and dropped below 300K several times.

The dollar remained on high ground, with EUR/USD around 1.3260, GBP/USD under 1.66 and USD/JPY at 103.80. After an initial rise in the  dollar, currencies took the other  direction. All in all, moves are  minimal.

Here is the preview: trading the jobless claims with EUR/USD.

The US dollar enjoyed the not-too-dovish FOMC meeting  minutes. a balance between hawks and doves regarding the jobs outlook is not common in the usually dovish Fed.

The focus now shifts to Janet Yellen’s speech in Jackson Hole, tomorrow at 14:00 GMT.

Will she  see the glass half full or the glass half empty?

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