US Dollar slips following Fed meeting minutes

Pound (GBP) flat amid lack of data

The Pound (GBP) traded sideways yesterday as a lack of UK economic data kept the currency confined to a narrow range.

GBP investors also seemed uncertain following Tuesday’s mixed comments from Bank of England (BoE) officials, which left traders guessing as to when the bank might start cutting interest rates.

This morning, the focus is on the UK’s latest PMI results. Could another expansion in the British services sector boost the Pound?

Euro (EUR) quiet amid thin trading conditions

The Euro (EUR) was initially subdued on Wednesday amid a lack of Eurozone data and a lukewarm market mood.

Later on, the Eurozone’s flash consumer confidence report showed that morale improved this month, although it remained deep in negative territory. This kept EUR muted.

Today’s session could bring notable EUR movement as the Eurozone’s February PMI results and the European Central Bank’s (ECB) latest meeting minutes are due out. Could weak business activity and dovish hints from the ECB drag the Euro lower?

US Dollar (USD) stumbles on cautious Fed minutes

The US Dollar (USD) moved without a clear direction during yesterday’s session as investors awaited the latest meeting minutes from the Federal Reserve.

USD then stumbled in the evening after the minutes were released, as they proved more dovish than anticipated.

Looking ahead, the latest US S&P PMIs are also due out this afternoon. Although not as impactful as the ISM releases, they could affect USD. An expected slowdown in growth could pressure the ‘Greenback’.

Canadian Dollar (CAD) unclear amid wavering oil prices

The crude-linked Canadian Dollar (CAD) was subdued yesterday as oil prices wavered in a narrow range.

Turning to today, Canada’s retail sales data for December is due out this afternoon. Could an expected recovery in sales boost the ‘Loonie’?

Australian Dollar (AUD) wavers higher following PMI results

The Australian Dollar (AUD) was volatile overnight following mixed PMI results, though it gained ground overall amid a risk-on mood.

New Zealand Dollar (NZD) rises amid risk-positive trade

The risk-sensitive New Zealand Dollar (NZD) marched higher last night, despite soft trade data, thanks to a bullish market impulse.

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