The pound reached the strongest level in almost two weeks versus the dollar as reports showing U.K. house prices rose and consumer confidence held at a September 2007 high added to evidence of quicker growth.
Indonesia’s rupiah led a rally in Asian currencies this month with the biggest gain since 2009, as data in the U.S. that missed forecasts raised speculation the Federal Reserve will scale back its tapering.
Orders for U.S. durable goods excluding the volatile transportation category unexpectedly climbed in January by the most in eight months, a sign manufacturing is emerging from a slump induced by harsh weather.
The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index measures Americans' perceptions on three important variables: the state of the economy, personal finances and whether it's a good time to buy needed goods or services. A new index reading is generated every week, making it a timely sentiment gauge.