The political and the US economy statistics news supported the dollar. The US currency rose against the euro, the yen, and against the British pound. The greenback purchases were started after J.Yellen's speech in the Congress USA. She confirmed that the regulator is approaching to the monetary policy tightening and the key interest rates growth in the current year.
According to the US Labor Department the initial jobless claims number became less than 15 thousand having fallen to 218 thousand.
On the yesterday’s trades, the EUR/USD lost some points amid the US Federal Reserve head stated that the regulator is set to raise the rates this year. The GBP/USD fell after the negative labor market release. The unemployment rate rose to 0.1%, prompting long positions profit-taking. The pair USD/JPY increased amid the "risky assets" demand, as well as BoJ the negative inflation outlook.