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Dollar pulls back after Fed hikes

The US dollar saw some light profit taking and stocks jumped after the Federal Reserve hiked rates but failed to aggressively signal more big hikes to come.

FOMC Meeting Preview

Markets have mostly pressed the pause button in the lead up to today’s FOMC meeting with gold and the dollar trading in narrow ranges and US stocks ending flat and just off record highs.

Gold prices inch lower as firm dollar dents appeal

Gold extended losses on Monday as an elevated dollar weighed on bullion demand, with a U.S. market holiday expected to lead to thin trading during the day.

USD/JPY hits 5-yr high ahead of Fed this week

USD/JPY hit a 5-year high on Friday ahead of an expected Fed rate hike this week, while the price of oil saw its biggest weekly decline since November after posting 14-year highs.

Bitcoin plummets 13% in a day

Bitcoin has been slammed for a second day on reports of a technical fault in its blockchain. The US dollar fell again amid strong economic data, sending the pound and the euro higher. The ECB kept policy steady. Today sees the release of January PMIs.

Oil price hits 2-year high after OPEC

OPEC’s decision to gradually increase production through July spurred a jump in the price of oil to a two-year high. The dollar firmed after US manufacturing PMI data. Wall Street had a flat return from Memorial Day.