The American currency continued its winning streak at the end of the week – the dollar index basket closed the trades at the mark of 95.81. The Japanese, European and the US stock indices growth have added arguments for the concerns reduction about the world economic growth, but the US GDP strong data and other indicators increased the demand for the US dollar which further strengthened against major opponents. The second quarter US GDP second estimate was revised in the positive direction by 1.4% to the level of 3.7%. The US jobless claims number has declined by 6 thousand for the last week. Positive economic data once again led investors to think about the federal funds rate increase at the FOMC September meeting.
There was the world leading stock markets moderate demand during the day which also put pressure on the funding currencies that are the euro and the Japanese yen. In this context, the US currency enjoyed confident demand against its major competitors. As a result, the EUR/USD pair has finished the trading day with the price decrease, the pair GBP/USD had declined by the end of the day and the USD/JPY had increased.Publication source