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  • Writer's pictureSieracki Milosz

Market Trends Today: USD Challenges, BoJ Decisions and Global Shifts

Market Trends January 23 2024
Unraveling Market Trends: USD Challenges, BoJ Decisions and Global Shifts

USD's Quest for Demand in Early Tuesday Trading

The US Dollar (USD) faces a challenging start to Tuesday, sliding below 103.00 during European trading. Eyes are on the European Commission's release of the preliminary Consumer Confidence Index for January, while the US economic docket highlights the Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index and the 2-year US Treasury note auction later in the American session.

BoJ's Policy Decision and Its Impact on USD/JPY

In the aftermath of the Bank of Japan's (BoJ) January policy meeting, where policy settings remained unchanged, USD/JPY experienced bearish pressure. BoJ Governor Kazuo Ueda, in a post-meeting press conference, emphasized the readiness to take additional easing measures if necessary. Despite the BoJ holding the yield curve control strategy steady, USD/JPY lost over 0.5% daily, trading just above 147.00.

NZD/USD Strengthens Amid Economic Releases

NZD/USD gains bullish momentum, crossing above 0.6100 on Tuesday. The upcoming release of New Zealand's Consumer Price Index for the fourth quarter in the Asian session holds the potential to further impact currency dynamics.

EUR/USD Resilience and GBP/USD Upsurge

EUR/USD, after a small loss on Monday, regains traction early Tuesday, trading positively above 1.0900. Simultaneously, GBP/USD turns north, advancing toward 1.2750 in the European morning. UK data reveals Public Sector Net Borrowing at £6.8 billion in December, compared to £12.7 billion in November.

Precious Metals and Their Market Movements

Gold, fluctuating slightly above $2,020 on Monday, experiences marginal losses. However, XAU/USD gathers bullish momentum, climbing back above $2,030. Silver (XAG/USD) attracts buyers on Tuesday, breaking a two-day losing streak, trading around $22.30-$22.35, marking over a 1% gain for the day.

WTI Crude Oil's Upward Trajectory

West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil extends gains, nearing $74.70 per barrel during the Asian session on Tuesday. The rise is attributed to global energy supply concerns, ignited by a drone strike on Russia's Novatek by Ukraine. Additionally, disruptions in US crude production due to extreme cold weather add upward pressure on oil prices.

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