Strong Employment Data Boosted The Dollar This Week

Lebanese Forex Market

The Lebanese Pound (LP) steadied this week within the range of $/LP 1,514 – 1,514.5 against the dollar, with a mid-price of $/LP 1,514.25.

The peg continues to be supported by the Central Bank’s solid foreign assets, which reached $38.9B by the end of February 2019.

The dollarization ratio of private sector deposits rose from 68.44% in January 2018 to 70.87% in January 2019.

The Euro depreciated against the dollar-pegged LP, ending the week at €/LBP 1,691.35, compared to last week’s €/LBP 1,698.76.

In its turn, the Nominal Effective Exchange Rate (NEER) of the LBP added 0.49% over the week to 118.51 points.

International Forex Market

The Euro declined by 0.12% against the US dollar over the week ending April 05, the currency pair went from last week’s€/USD 1.1220 to €/USD 1.1206.

In fact, US Jobless claims Figures Strengthened the Dollar This Week. The Wall street Journal indicated that the jobless claim in the US dropped to their lowest level since early December 1969 Last Week. In Details, initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped to 202,000 against 216,000 expected, for the week ended March 30.

Also, the latest developments that occurred regarding the U.S.-China trade deal, and expectations about a very near final solution boosted the Dollar this week.


Accordingly, gold prices fell over the week to $1,285.10/ ounce by April 05, compared to last week’s $1,298.99 /ounce.

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