The Europe we saw at the beginning of today’s session was very different than the Europe of yesterday, at least from a trader’s perspective. Euro-zone leaders came to an agreement on Greece that lowered interest rates, returned some of the money made off of previous loans, and setup the release of the next 34.4 billion Euro aid tranche in December. The Euro has now erased all of the gains following the Greece announcement and is trading slight above 1.2950 against the US Dollar in currency markets.
UK gross domestic product for Q3 confirmed 1.0% economic expansion over the quarter, as the Olympics and previous quarter’s Jubilee holiday gave the UK a one-time spike in growth. Office for National Statistics’ release, output in production industries rose by only 0.9%, down from a previously estimated 1.1%. Service industry was confirmed to have seen a 1.3% rise in output.
The US Dollar rose a bit when Fed member Fisher said during a speech in Berlin that he advocates setting limits to QE as soon as the next meeting. Fisher said that the US’s biggest problem is unemployment and that inflation is under control in the US.