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26.02.2015 16:33

Foreign exchange market. American session: the U.S. dollar traded mixed to higher against the most major currencies after the mixed U.S. economic data

The U.S. dollar traded mixed to higher against the most major currencies after the mixed U.S. economic data. The U.S. consumer price inflation fell 0.7% in January, missing expectations for a 0.6% decrease, after a 0.4% decline in December. That was largest decline since December 2008.

The declines was driven by lower gasoline prices. Gasoline prices dropped 18.7 in January, the biggest decline since December 2008.

On a yearly basis, the U.S. consumer price index fell to -0.1% in January from 0.8% in December. That was the lowest level since October 2009.

The U.S. consumer price inflation excluding food and energy gained 0.2% in January, exceeding expectations for a 0.1% increase, after a flat reading in December.

On a yearly basis, the U.S. consumer price index excluding food and energy remained unchanged at 1.6% in January.

The U.S. durable goods orders rose 2.8% in January, exceeding expectations for a 1.7% increase, after a 3.7% decline in December. December's figure was revised down from a 3.3% decrease.

The decline was driven by increasing demand for computers and machinery.

The U.S. durable goods orders excluding transportation climbed 0.3% in January, missing expectations for a 0.6% gain, after a 0.9% decrease in December. December's figure was revised down from a 0.8% fall.

The number of initial jobless claims in the week ending February 21 in the U.S. climbed by 31,000 to 313,000 from 282,000 in the previous week, missing expectations for a rise by 3,000. The previous week's figure was revised up from 283,000.

The euro dropped against the U.S. dollar. The number of unemployed people in Germany declined by 20,000 in February, exceeding expectations for a 10,000 decline, after a 10,000 drop in January. January's figure was revised up from a 9,000 decrease.

Germany's adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.5% in February, in line with expectations.

The Gfk German consumer confidence index increased to 9.7 in March from 9.3 in February, beating forecasts for a rise to 9.6.

Eurozone's adjusted M3 money supply rose 4.1% in January, exceeding expectations for a 3.8% increase, after a 3.6 gain in December.

Concerns over Greek bailout programme still weigh on the euro.

The British pound decreased against the U.S. dollar. The U.K. revised GDP (gross domestic product) climbed by 0.5% in the fourth quarter, in line with expectations and the previous estimate.

On a yearly basis, the U.K. revised GDP gained 2.7% in the fourth quarter, in line with expectations and the previous estimate.

The U.K. business investment fell 1.4% in the fourth quarter, missing forecasts for a 2.3% gain, after a 1.2% decline in the third quarter. The third quarter's reading was revised up from a 1.4% drop.

The Canadian dollar traded mixed against the U.S. dollar after the mixed Canadian consumer price inflation data. Canadian consumer price inflation decreased 0.2% in January, beating expectations for a 0.3% decline, after a 0.7% drop in December.

On a yearly basis, the consumer price index fell to 1.0% January from 1.5% in December. That was the lowest level since November 2013.

The consumer price index was driven by lower gasoline prices. Gasoline prices plunged 12.4% in January from a month earlier.

Canadian core consumer price index, which excludes some volatile goods, increased 0.2% in January, exceeding expectations for a 0.1%, after a 0.3% decrease in December.

On a yearly basis, core consumer price index in Canada remained unchanged at 2.2% in January.

The New Zealand dollar traded mixed against the U.S. dollar. In the overnight trading session, the kiwi traded higher against the greenback after the better-than-expected trade data from New Zealand. New Zealand's trade surplus was NZ$56 million in January, up from a deficit of NZ$195 million in December. December's figure was revised down from a deficit of NZ$159 million. Analysts had expected a deficit of NZ$157 million.

The Australian dollar declined against the U.S. dollar. In the overnight trading session, the Aussie traded lower against the greenback. Private capital expenditure in Australia dropped 2.2% in the fourth quarter, missing expectations for a 1.1% decline, after a 0.6 gain in the third quarter. The third quarter's figure was revised up from a 0.2% increase.

The Japanese yen fell against the U.S. dollar. In the overnight trading session, the yen traded lower against the greenback in the absence of any major economic reports from Japan.

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