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Forex: EUR/USD moves above 1.3200, Fed's Bullard still ahead

With the release of the last relevant pieces of US data for today, the EUR/USD finally moved above the 1.3200 line and printed a session high at 1.3228. Still, after yesterday’s unsettled market on the FOMC meeting minutes, today's Fed Bullard's speach 17:30 GMT must be the real focus of the day.

Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index in the US dropped from -5.8 to -12.5 in February, instead of rising to 1.0 as expected, disappointing investors.

The Leading Indicator by the Conference Board came at 0.2% in January (MoM), lower than the 0.3% expected. December data came in at 0.5%.

November existing home sales were revised lower by -1.2%, from 4.94M to 4.90M. January data was expected to come in at 4.90M, but surprised by rising to 4.92M.

UBS analysts are neutral: “Yesterday's sharp sell-off suggests the risk is for extension of the consolidation phase”, wrote analyst Gareth Berry, pointing to support at 1.3187 ahead of 1.3063. Resistance is at 1.3434.

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