ForexLive European FX news wrap: Currencies muted, equities look for perfect week |


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GBP leads, NZD lags on the dayEuropean equities higher; S&P 500 futures up 0.3%US 10-year yields up 2.4 bps to 4.472%Gold up 1.1% to $2,373.20WTI crude up 0.6% to $79.76Bitcoin up 1.1% to $63,333

It was a relatively quiet session with major currencies not really up to much in European morning trade.

The dollar held steadier throughout, keeping with just a light advance against the aussie and kiwi. But besides that, other major currencies were more muted. That includes sterling, even after a modest beat on its Q1 GDP figures. GBP/USD held rangebound around 1.2520-30 levels throughout the session.

Meanwhile, USD/JPY steadily nudged higher to 155.70 levels but is not really getting too carried away to run up to 156.00 just yet. The rest of the major currencies bloc lacked appetite for the most part.

The action in other markets were more interesting as equities are keeping the optimism towards the end of the week. European indices are scaling to fresh record highs again in a hot start to May while US futures are also holding higher on the day. For stocks, another round of gains will make it a perfect week of trading.

Elsewhere, gold is racing higher by over 1% as it looks to end the week with a flourish. Buyers are contesting a trendline resistance at around $2,372.50 but will look to the $2,400 mark in the bigger picture.

Have a great weekend, everyone.



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