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The dollar appreciated 0.63% to 97.45 largely driven by resilient economic data which includes December’s The Institute of Supply Management (ISM) non-manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) coming in better than expected, accelerating to a four-month high of 55.0 from 53.9 in November (cons: 54.5) supported by higher production and inventories, and rising optimism over a potential trade resolution.
The dollar surged by 1.14% to 98.496 largely underpinned by stronger economic data, signalling that the US economy remains resilient despite concerns over slower global growth.
THE US dollar started the week on a strong note on the back of the robust labour market, reaffirming two more rate hikes in 2018 coupled with the reignited US-China trade tension after China announced that it would approach the World Trade Organisation for permission to proceed with implementation of sanctions on the US.