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Friday, 19 April 2019 20:40 WIB

The U.S. dollar is holding near a two-week high on Friday, on what should be a quiet session for currencies with most other major U.S. and global exchanges closed for the observance of Good Friday. The ICE Dollar Index, a measure of the greenback™s strength against major trading rivals was last +0.40% at 97.352, down 0.1% since late Thursday. The index hit an intraday high at 97.43, its highest level since April 5, according to data from FactSet. The British pound GBP/USD was oscillating either side of $1.30, last changing hands at $1.2997 compared to $1.2978 late on...

RECENT NEWS
USD/JPY frozen near 111.90 ahead of US housing data
Friday, 19 April 2019 16:33 WIB | USD/JPY,

The USDJPY pair extends its side-tend into the European session, wavering back and forth in a 10-pips extremely narrow range just below the 112 handle. A tug of war between the bulls and bears continue tor the sixth straight session, despite some volatility witnessed on Thursday after the Yen hit fresh weekly tops at 111.76 against its American peer following the disappointing German and Eurozone PMIs induced broad risk-aversion. The spot pulled back sharply from the weekly trough and reverted to the familiar ranges near the 112 level following upbeat US retail sales data release the...

GBP/USD: On the defensive despite strong UK retail sales
Friday, 19 April 2019 12:34 WIB | GBP/USD

The path of least resistance for the GBP/USD appears to be on the downside. The British Pound slipped below 1.30 and closed under the April 5 low of 1.2987 yesterday, validating the bearish lower high of 1.3133 created last Friday. Notably, that is the third bearish lower in the last four weeks. The bearish move happened despite the upbeat UK data - consumer spending, as represented by retail sales, rose 1.1 percent in March, smashing expectations of a negative print. While Sterling failed to pick up a strong bid, the greenback found takers on the back of upbeat US retail sales report....

USD/JPY: No reaction to BOJ's decision to cut its routine buying of long-dated bonds
Friday, 19 April 2019 09:19 WIB | USD USD/JPY, JPY,

USD/JPY pair is currently trading at 111.93, having clocked a 112.00 earlier today. The Bank of Japan (BOJ) cut its purchases of bonds with maturities between 10 and 25 years to ¥160 billion, down ¥20 billion from the previous ¥180 billion. The central bank has also trimmed purchases of bonds with maturities between 25 and 40 years to ¥40 billion from ¥50 billion previous. The central bank's decision to trim bond purchases is a part of its routine operations to keep the benchmark yield near zero levels. The BOJ steps up purchases when there is upward pressure on yields and trims...

Dollar Rallies on Upbeat U.S. Economic Data
Friday, 19 April 2019 03:04 WIB | DOLLAR Indeks Dolar

The U.S dollar jumped against its rivals on Thursday as mostly upbeat economic data pointed to strength in the underlying economy The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, rose by 0.50% to 97.14. The U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday that initial jobless claims dropped by 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 192,000 for the week ended April 14, beating economists forecast for a rise to 205,000. EUR/USD fell 0.57% to $1.1230. GBP/USD lost 0.42% to $1.2988, shrugging off better-than-expected U.K. retail sales data...

U.S. oil futures notch a 7th straight weekly climb, the longest streak in 5 years
Friday, 19 April 2019 03:00 WIB | Minyak WTI Brent Oil,

Oil futures climbed Thursday, with the U.S. benchmark posting its seventh weekly rise in a row”the longest streak of weekly gains in about five years. Traders weighed the outlook for global supplies ahead of the June expiration of the production-cut agreement among members and some nonmembers of Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. On Thursday, the U.S. benchmark, West Texas Intermediate crude for May delivery tacked on 24 cents, or 0.4%, to settle at $64 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prices saw back-and-forth action during the session, leaving futures up...

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PRECIOUS METALS
Gold futures end at lowest since December, down 1.5% for the week
Friday, 19 April 2019 01:29 WIB

Gold futures posted a modest decline on Thursday, to tally a loss of 1.5% for the week. "U.S. dollar strength, enhanced not only by economic data but release of the Mueller report is going to keep a...

ENERGY
U.S. oil futures notch a 7th straight weekly climb, the longest streak in 5 years
Friday, 19 April 2019 03:00 WIB

Oil futures climbed Thursday, with the U.S. benchmark posting its seventh weekly rise in a row”the longest streak of weekly gains in about five years. Traders weighed the outlook for global...

CURRENCIES
Dollar steady near 2-week high in quiet Good Friday trading
Friday, 19 April 2019 20:40 WIB

The U.S. dollar is holding near a two-week high on Friday, on what should be a quiet session for currencies with most other major U.S. and global exchanges closed for the observance of Good...