US stocks closed higher on Thursday after being under pressure since the beginning of the week. The turnaround came after comments from Atlanta Federal reserve Bostic, who reiterated his support for a 25bps hike.
In the FX market, major currencies were down against the US Dollar while gold prices remain steady. Later today, both composite and services PMIs in the UK are expected to rise to 53.0 and 53.3 up from 48.5 and 48.7 respectively.
In Canada, traders will be looking for January building permits figures which are due to rise from -7.3% up to 1.5%. A few moments later, the US services PMI will be released and forecasts are pointing to a higher reading.
Below, we will be analyzing the latest price action developments in the major currency pairs alongside gold.