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  • US S&P Case-Shiller home prices: 9.3% vs. 10% expected and 10.8% previous
  • US consumer confidence: 90.9 vs. 85.5 expected and 86.4 previous
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The Greenback dominated the US trading session as traders priced in mixed economic reports, hawkish FOMC statement expectations, and a bit of risk aversion in the markets.

The prospect of additional sanctions against Russian banks kept a lid on the euro’s gains and dragged EUR/USD 23 pips lower to 1.3409. GBP/USD also fell to the 1.6940 area as the UK’s mixed housing numbers continued to weigh on the pound. Meanwhile, expectations of more tapering from the Fed and a bit of risk aversion in the markets helped USD/CHF jump by 23 pips to .9069 and supported USD/JPY above the 102.00 handle.

The comdoll bears also pounced on the overall Greenback strength. USD/CAD popped 47 pips higher to 1.0859 despite a lack of Canadian reports scheduled during the US forex trading session. AUD/USD and NZD/USD, already weakened by news from the Asian trading session, fell by another 12 and 20 pips respectively.

Will the comdoll bulls get some of their pips back today? A couple of hours ago we saw New Zealand’s building consents data come in better-than-expected with a 3.5% growth against a 4.4% decline from last month. On the other hand, Japan’s preliminary industrial production data printed a 3.3% decline after growing by 0.7% last month.

No other reports are scheduled until the early London session trading, so you might want to keep your eyes peeled for any delayed investor reaction to these news!

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