11.02.2019: US rules market sentiment (USDX, USD/JPY, AUD/USD)
The US dollar stays near a six-week high against a basket of major currencies. Investors are flocking to the greenback, owing to its safe-haven status.
The strength in the US dollar has come despite the likelihood of another government shutdown in the US. Republicans and Democrats failed to reach an agreement on funding the security wall along the Mexican border. President Donald Trump decided to exert influence. He promised to issue a presidential decree unless Democrats allocate the required amount of 5.7 billion dollars in full for building the wall. Democrats threatened to file a lawsuit. The dispute has to be settled until February 15. Otherwise, the federal government will be suspended again.
Meanwhile, demand for the US currency is increasing. As a result, its index settled up at near 96.70 with prospects for a further advance.
Traders are closely monitoring developments in the trade relations between the US and China. This week, the high-level talks will be held in Beijing. US officials will insist that China should respect intellectual property of US companies. The outcome of the meeting will determine market sentiment on Forex.
Asian traders were hesitant to buy the US currency. The dollar/yen pair traded sideways at the level slightly below 110.00.
Demand for riskier assets are still low. The AUD/USD pair showed marginal growth in the Asia-Pacific trade. The pair has settled up at the level below 0.7100.
The highlight of the day is UK GDP data which is due during the European trade. This is the only market-moving event today, so experts do not foresee crucial changes on Forex.
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