USD - United States Dollar
Supported by signs of positive economic recovery and increased demand driven by a shift away from equities, the US dollar reached monthly highs against major currencies.
US GDP expanded by 4.3% in the fourth quarter, beating expectations of 4.1% growth. And unemployment claims came in under the expected 727,000. Last week, 684,000 people filed claims for the first time.
The positive momentum has the US dollar in its best shape of the year. EURUSD dropped to a four-month low of 1.181. GBPUSD hit a one-month low of 1.368. AUDUSD reached a three-month low of 0.758.
The pound was pressured further by tensions over COVID-19 vaccine supplies. Fears that a significant shortage in vaccine supplies, which could derail the UK government's plan to exit the current lockdown, could lead to the pound declining further against other major currencies. UK and EU leaders are set to meet virtually today to discuss COVID-19 restrictions and vaccinations, potentially laying a path for greater collaboration over vaccine sharing.
It is a quiet rest of the week ahead for the AUD with no major news being released. However, we may see some volatility against the USD with further talks by members of the FOMC scheduled to speak later in the day.
1.178 - 1.183 ▲GBP/USD:
1.367 - 1.373 ▼AUD/USD:
0.757 - 0.762 ▲USD/CAD:
1.254 - 1.262 ▲