Feb. 3: European session
EUR/USD recovered to $1.3500. Euro zone’s final manufacturing PMI for January was revised a bit higher from 53.9 to 54.0. German final January manufacturing PMI was revised up from 56.3 to 56.6. Spanish index came better than expected, but Italian index disappointed though they both were in the positive area above 50.
GBP/USD dropped to $1.6360. UK January manufacturing PMI came below the expectations at 56.7 (forecast: 57.1, prior: revised down to 57.2). EUR/GBP rose to 0.8260.
European shares are on the downside hurt by brewing worries over emerging markets and data showing China’s economy losing momentum.