ForexLive North American Wrap: ADP Beats, Fed Blinks
ADP December employment 215K vs 133K expected
Non-farm payrolls forecasts hiked
FOMC minutes: Several favored cutting QE before year-end
Initial jobless claims 372K vs 360K exp
Japan fin min says excessive yen strength being corrected
Boehner reelected House speaker
Reid hints at fight over debt ceiling
Geithner to exit shortly - BBG
Rumors that Hugo Chavez dead or dying
S&P 500 down 0.2% to 1459
JPY leads, EUR and GBP lag
The market reaction to the ADP number was tame and the euro spent most of the session in the 1.3090-1.3120 range but dropped to 1.3048 after the minutes. The market is now thinking that QEfinity could end or taper before 2014.
Technically, EUR/USD closes near a 3-week low and below the recent range, possibly setting up further declines.
USD/JPY tried to unwind some of the recent gains as the crosses slumped hard but a mere 40 retracement was enough to entice buyers, especially with US Treasury yields breaking out.
USD broke yesterday's high but the eager buyers were nowhere to be found and it drifted lower alongside NZD after the minutes.
Gold slumped down to $1663.
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