There were some data releases today, particularly out of the UK as well as pending home sales numbers for the US, but those were shrugged off by investors for the most part as the highlight of the day was the triggering of Article 50 for the UK to officially move ahead with the process of exiting the European Union.
Two directors of the Central Bank of Nigeria have been apprehended by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allegedly manipulating forex and economic sabotage.
The dollar remained broadly higher against other major currencies on Thursday, supported by ongoing optimism over the strength of the U.S. economy and as investors eyed the release of a final report on U.S. fourth quarter growth.
The UK stock market reversed early gains, with the FTSE 100 share index down 19.20 points at 7,354.52 shortly after midday.
Next trading day's important events
- USDJPY: 111.32
- EURUSD: 1.073
- S&P 500: 2365.26
- NASDAQ: 5907.56