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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

USD Mixed

USD Mixed Following Upbeat Data
by Korman Tam
8/25/2008 3:12:00 PM
The greenback was mixed at the start of a holiday-shortened week, with the UK market closed in observance of the summer bank holiday today - relinquishing earlier session gains above the 110-level against the yen and easing from the 1.47-handle versus the euro. The US economic data released this morning saw a higher than expected increase in July existing home sales, which reversed the 2.6% decline in June, increasing by 3.1% to 5.0 million units.

Traders will also digest several key reports slated for release on Tuesday, including the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index, the Conference Board's August consumer confidence survey, July new home sales and the Richmond Fed manufacturing survey. The June Case-Shiller 20mm home price index is seen declining by 0.8% from -0.9%, while the 20-yy is expected to decline by 16.2% from a 15.8% fall previously. The Conference Board's August consumer confidence survey is seen improving to 53.0, up from 51.9 in July. Meanwhile, new home sales for July are expected to remain steady, unchanged from June at 530k units.

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