Wall Street ended mixed on Monday as tech stocks continued to lead the major indices. The S&P 500 finished flat at 2,670, with the 1.07% gain in materials offset by the 0.43% decline in the tech sector.
The euro/U.S. dollar/U.S. dollar currency pair lost 0.34% during the last five days. The single currency is trading at 1.2288 as investors await the ECB to keep rates and quantitive easing unchanged on Thursday, April 26 at 8:30 am. Trade war fears and actual war concerns waned this week after putting downward pressure on the U.S. dollar.
This week was all about the pound; next week could be all about the euro. The pound’s rally came to an abrupt halt as economic data from the UK disappointed expectations and after the Bank of England Governor Mark Carney warned that a rate rise in May was not a forgone conclusion. The resulting rally in the euro/British pound (EUR/GBP) currency pair initially kept the EUR/USD supported.