Dollar Index Update on 31 December 2018

The U.S. Dollar Index is trading at 96.3 with a loss of -0.10% percent or -0.10 point. The Dow Futures is trading at 23,239.00 up with +0.89% percent or +204.00 point. The S&P 500 Futures is trading at 2,505.62 up with +0.79% percent or +19.62 point.  The Nasdaq Futures is trading at 6,348.00  up with +0.87%percent or +54.63 point.

TODAY’S FACTORS AND EVENTS

“Markets are a bit more cautious on risk appetite, with the Japanese yen and the Swiss franc gaining,” said Lee Hardman, an FX strategist at MUFG in London.

The dollar index, a gauge of the greenback against a basket of six major currencies, fell 0.11 percent to 96.37.

The U.S. currency has been hurt in recent weeks by rising expectations that the Federal Reserve will pause its tightening cycle sooner than expected, or risk harming the U.S. economy with further interest rate increases.

PREVIOUS DAY ACTIVITY

For the day the Dow is trading at 23,062.40 with a loss of -0.33% percent or -76.42 point. The S&P 500 is trading at 2,485.74  with  a loss of -0.12% percent or -3.09 point. The Nasdaq Composite is trading at 6,584.52  up with +0.076% percent or +5.03 point.

WORLD MARKETS

Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,337.92  up with +0.46% percent or +6.11 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 840.21 up with +0.58%percent or +4.84  point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 1,646.49   with a loss of -0.046% percent or -0.75  point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,104.34  with a loss of -0.075% percent or -0.83 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,459.52   with a loss of -0.066% percent or -0.96 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,372.33  with a loss of -0.11% percent or 1.45 point;

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