The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit the psychologically significant threshold of 20,000 in intraday trade. The gains for the Dow on Wednesday came after Trump signed executive orders on Tuesday to move forward with the construction of controversial infrastructure projects.

The equity rally is supported by expectations that Trump will unleash a raft of pro-business policies, including tax cuts, a rollback of regulations and fiscal spending.

If the Dow does finish at 20,000 it would mark the second-fastest 1,000-point move in history (42 days), since the 59-session span between late March and early July 2007 .

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The USD/JPY currency pair has started the week with slight losses. The pair is currently trading at 113.10. Japanese All Industries Activity edged up to 0.3%, instead of the 0.4% forecast. The Flash Manufacturing PMI index improved to 52.3 points.

The downside risk for the USD remains elevated more so from Trump's inauguration if he fails to underscore economic policy. However, if Donald Trump comes out firing on all fiscal stimulus cylinders, bond yield will surge, and the greenback would catch an enormous updraft. The U.S. dollar remains under pressure across the board since Trump's inauguration speech on Friday still did not provide investors with clarity on his tax reform and fiscal spending plans.

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Crude inventories rose 2.3 million barrels in the week to Jan. 13. However, the expectations were for an increase of 342,000 barrels.

Chinese data showed upbeat Q4 GDP, which also added to the upside oil. Reports of record Chinese demand, evidenced by Crude throughput hitting the highest level in history for the year at 10.79 million bpd, strengthened the ongoing bullish momentum.

In an interview with Sputnik, the OPEC Secretary-General Mohammed Barkindo noted that the OPEC deal will bring stability to global oil markets.

He said that “there is a great opportunity for all the stakeholders, including the oil and gas industry, to solidify this platform and insure that it continues to perform the stabilization role in the best interests of the industry as well as the global economy".

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The Bank of Canada (BOC)  announced that it is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1/2 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 3/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 1/4 per cent.BOC projects that Canada's real GDP will grow by 2.1 per cent in both 2017 and 2018. This implies a return to full capacity around mid-2018, in line with October's projection.Inflation in Canada has been lower than anticipated since October, mainly because of declines in food prices. Measures of core inflation are below 2 per cent, reflecting material excess capacity in the economy.

Bank of Canada governor Stephen S. Poloz says a rate cut remains on the table if downside risks materialize. He highlighted unknowns around U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s policies in a rate decision and indicated he’s prepared to cut interest rates if new protectionist measures derail the nation’s economy. The central bank kept its key interest rate unchanged at 0.5 percent and said “significant uncertainties” from the U.S. are weighing on the economic outlook. In contrast to the United States, Canada’s economy continues to operate with material excess capacity. While employment growth has remained firm, indicators still point to significant slack in the labour market. The resource sector’s adjustment to past commodity price declines appears to be largely complete, but negative wealth and income effects will persist. 

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The British pound surged after Theresa May’s speech, in which she set out for the first time that her government is determined to make a clean break from the EU. Prime Minister Theresa May said she would give Parliament a vote on the final Brexit deal.

Theresa May offered her most explicit vision of Britain’s future relationship with its European Union neighbors. May pledged to quit the single market and instead seek a customs agreement with the bloc to deliver “a smooth and orderly Brexit.” Theresa May confirmed that the Brexit deal will be subject to parliamentary approval, sparking a rally in the pound. British pound has built on gains seen after hotter than expected UK inflation data earlier. Cable is presently up by 2.6% at six day highs above 1.2340, putting in some distance from yesterday’s three-month lows that were seen just less than 1.2000.

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The U.S. Dollar turned lower because the lack of details of the President-Elects administration's plans for economic stimulus.

The Dollar Index received a beating on Wednesday evening with prices turning bearish during trading on Thursday. A decisive breakdown and daily close below 101.00 could open a path lower towards 100.00.

Donald Trump's news conference failed to provide the clarity on future fiscal policies. The news conference covered topics about the Russian hacking reports, Trump's separation of his business empire and repeated criticism of the media. Trump uncertainty keeps investors on edge.

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The USD/JPY currency pair dropped at 115.72, its lowest since December 14th, after the market rushed to sell the greenback following the release of FOMC Minutes. The new leitmotif of the US Central Bank is showing that uncertainty.
US data came mixed in the hints for the Non-Farm Payrolls. ADP had a significant slowdown in job gains in December: 153K against 215K in November in the private sector. Another worry came from the ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI. The services sector is the largest in the US, and the top figure was a beat. The employment component fell by 4.4 points , a worrying sign for the Non-Farm Payrolls.

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Investors began 2017 in a confident mood after solid manufacturing activity data in Europe and China. 

Banking stocks jumped almost 3 percent. Shares of the newly mergedBPM bankin Italy were at the top of the European index, up by more than 9.8 percent in afternoon trade.

French consumer prices increased 0.8 percent year-on-year, driven essentially by an increase in energy prices. French inflation reached its highest level since May 2014. Inflation across the eurozone is expected to edge up this year on the fading effect of last year’s energy price falls. Forecasts from the ECB show average inflation will fall short of the ECB’s target of just below 2 per cent in 2019 at 1.7 per cent.

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Gold extended its recovery and rose on Thursday for the fourth consecutive session, as the dollar and U.S. bond yields declined following weaker than expected economic data. Spot gold hit $1,150.26 an ounce, its highest since December 14, and was up 1.1 percent at $1,155.54. U.S. gold futures rose 1.3 percent to $1,156.60 an ounce.

However, growing market expectations of further rate-hike action by the US Federal Reserve in 2017 may limit any near-term sharp appreciation for the Gold.

Gold fell more than 8 percent in November as U.S. Treasury yields rose after Donald Trump's election led to speculation his commitment to infrastructure spending would spur growth.

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The euro dropped by one percent to $1.0406 on Thursday. This is the lowest level against the dollar since early 2003.

Federal Reserve officials raised interest rates for the first time this year and forecast a steeper path for borrowing costs in 2017. According to the Federal Reserve officials, inflation expectations have increased “considerably” and the labor market is tightening.

Consumer spending is “rising moderately”, job gains have been solid and business investment “has remained soft,” the Fed said. New projections show central bankers expect three quarter-point rate increases in 2017, up from the two seen in the previous forecasts in September.

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