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Currency Market Analysis

Global Themes

The U.S. dollar cleared a host of hurdles Tuesday that had it flying at its highest in one and five weeks versus the yen and sterling. But the biggest obstacle looms today at 8:30 a.m. ET when U.S. retail sales hit the wires. Ahead of the key data on the consumer, who does the heaviest lifting of the world’s biggest economy, the buck could do little wrong. Its bearish run appeared to be running lower on fuel thanks to the specter of cooler heads prevailing in Washington and Pyongyang. The tempering of geopolitical fears shifted the safety trade that had hoisted the yen to four-month highs into

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