The Pound, USD/JPY & Crude Weaken, as Gold Rises

Currency Market
USDJPY is struggling – The pair is slumping this morning despite a growing consumer sentiment. The consumer confidence index surpassed expectations, reaching 43.1 for December, the highest of 2016. USDJPY reached a low of 115.20. Confidence may not extend over to real consumer spending. Japan’s previous household spending numbers fell %1.5 for the month of November. Will this stronger consumer sentiment be enough to stimulate consumer consumption?