The U.S. dollar has given back some of its overnight gains in early European trade Friday, but remains in favor as risk aversion still dominates, amid rising Sino-U.S. tensions. At 2:45 AM ET (0645 GMT), the U.S. Dollar Index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six other currencies, stood at 100.365, down 0.1%, having earlier Friday reached a three-week high. U.S. President Donald Trump ratcheted up these tensions in an interview with Fox Business Network on Thursday, stating he was disappointed with China's failure to contain the coronavirus, that this had cast a pall over the trade deal between the two countries.
Investing.com - Fears over the prospect of a conflict in the Middle East are roiling markets, with Brent crude jumping to $70 and safe haven gold hitting its highest level in seven years. Global stocks are in the red and in the Euro Zone data has showed that business activity remained close to stagnation at the end of last year. Here's what you need to know in financial markets on Monday, Jan. 6.