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Dollar in demand ahead of eagerly awaited Powell speech
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Early in European trade on Wednesday, the value of the U.S. dollar slightly increased, anticipating an important speech by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell later in the day.
The US Dollar Index, which monitors the strength of the American dollar against a selection of other currencies, increased by 0.2% to 105.587 at 03:20 Eastern Time (07:20 Greenwich Mean Time). This was a recovery from the recent low point of 104.84 that was observed earlier in the week, which had lasted for nearly two months.
Dollar climbs ahead of Powell speech
Currently, the dollar index is predicted to experience a weekly increase, overturning the significant decrease from the previous week. This upturn is due to a range of Federal Reserve speakers suggesting the possibility of raising interest rates in order to address inflation.
Last week, the US dollar experienced its most significant weekly drop since mid-July. This decline came after the Federal Reserve gave hints of a more cautious approach towards raising interest rates this year. Additionally, a disappointing monthly jobs report was also released, further impacting the value of the greenback.
Traders are currently awaiting a speech by Fed chief Jerome Powell later in the session to get direction on the central bank’s future policy direction.
According to analysts at ING, the increase in financial restrictions in mid-October resulted in comments like “the term premium is causing the restrictions.” Now that these restrictions have completely reversed, the Federal Reserve will likely want to emphasize the possibility of more interest rate increases.
Euro slips ahead of retail sales
The euro to US dollar exchange rate decreased by 0.2% to 1.0677 before the eurozone retail sales data for September was released. It is anticipated that the data will reveal a 3.1% decline compared to the previous year, indicating ongoing challenges faced by consumers.
Information released on Tuesday revealed that industrial production in Germany dropped by a greater amount than anticipated in September, adding to the evidence of a worsening economic outlook in the eurozone.
Nonetheless, the International Monetary Fund suggested earlier on Wednesday that the European Central Bank ought to maintain its key deposit rate at a historic peak of 4% throughout the entirety of the upcoming year in order to alleviate inflationary concerns.
ING stated that the euro’s strength appears to be diminishing, and for the EUR/USD exchange rate to increase, the U.S. economy would need to weaken significantly, resulting in a notable decrease in long-term U.S. interest rates. However, ING believes that this situation is not likely to occur at this time.
The GBP/USD currency pair declined by 0.2% to 1.2275, moving away from the highest level in seven weeks of 1.2428 that was observed earlier in the week.
The remarks from Bank of England Chief Economist Huw Pill, which suggest that expectations for rate cuts starting next summer appear reasonable, have put pressure on the value of the British pound.
Aussie dollar rebounds slightly
The Australian dollar, also known as AUD, increased by 0.1% to a value of 0.6443 against the US dollar. This slight recovery occurred after experiencing a significant decline of 0.8% in the previous session, marking its biggest daily drop in almost a month. The decline was triggered by the Reserve Bank of Australia’s decision to lessen its commitment to tightening monetary policy, aligning it more with the availability of new economic information.
The USD/JPY currency pair increased by 0.2% to reach 150.69, which is still significantly higher than the important threshold of 150. Traders were cautiously anticipating possible actions from the Japanese government to stimulate the yen.
The exchange rate of USD/CNY remained mostly unchanged at 7.2790, as traders were eagerly anticipating the upcoming release of the most recent Chinese inflation data, scheduled for Thursday.
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