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Forex News Top Stories Forex Market Outlook 11/25/11

I hope everyone here in the US had a great Thanksgiving yesterday, though the same can’t be said for the markets.  We are still in risk aversion mode as the Euro debt crisis continues to plague the global economy so the US dollar has been the favored investment vehicle of choice.

Today is a shortened session here in the US with the stock market open for a half-day session.  There is likely to be little action for stocks so the correlative effects of market movements will be minimal.  However, it must be noted that with decreased volume there is sometimes increased volatility.

While there is no news due out for the US session, a quick recap of this morning’s news shows that confidence figures in the Euro zone came in worse than expected.  While this is not surprising, yesterday’s reports of German GDP and confidence figures were positive.  GDP in Germany was 2.5% YoY, as expected.  IFO confidence figures all cam e in better than expected which shows that Germany is still moving along, despite the bond auction disaster from earlier this week,

In the UK, GDP figures also came in as expected, showing .5% growth which is not a great figure.  It is for this reason that the BOE has been ultra-accommodative despite the high inflation they are experiencing. 

Also in the Euro zone, Portugal had their credit rating reduced to junk status, and they have been all but an afterthought as the markets have focused on the Spanish banks and Italy’s government debt.

The picture continues to worsen in the Euro zone and the push for a Euro bond is picking up traction, for those who still want to see the Euro succeed.  As this situation drags out, the global economy will continue to suffer and a solution will not be forthcoming overnight.

But we are seeing a bit of a morning bounce here as perhaps some of the selling was overblown.  Risk still remains at heightened levels so I’m going to continue with the short-term trading themes until more clarity emerges.