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Dollar holds near two-decade high before U.S. inflation data

Category: Economy

Date: 2022-05-11T06:25:12+0000
Dollar holds near two-decade high before U.S. inflation data

Shafaq News / The dollar hovered near a two-decade high against major peers on Wednesday, ahead of a key reading on inflation that should provide clues on how aggressive the Federal Reserve will be in tightening monetary policy.

The euro rose a touch to $1.05405, but has mostly traded sideways since plumbing a more than five-year low at $1.04695 at the end of last month.

The yen continued to get some respite from a pause in the recent relentless rise in benchmark U.S. Treasury yields , trading little changed at 130.36 per dollar, after dipping to a more than two-decade low of 131.35 on Monday.

Investors will be closely watching the April U.S. consumer price index reading later on Wednesday for any signs inflation may be starting to cool, with expectations calling for a 8.1% annual increase compared with an 8.5% rise recorded in March.

After the Fed raised its benchmark overnight interest rate by 50 basis points last week, the largest hike in 22 years, investors have been attempting to assess how aggressive the central bank will be.

Markets are priced for another hike of at least 50 basis points at the central bank's June meeting, according to CME's FedWatch Tool.

The greenback has climbed nearly 9% this year amid an increasingly hawkish Fed, as inflation burned hotter than policymakers had expected.

Commonwealth Bank of Australia also sees the risk tilted to further gains from here.

The euro "remains heavy" above $1.05, he wrote, and a strong CPI print could push the Australian dollar below $0.69.

The Aussie climbed 0.25% to $0.69595 on Wednesday, after touching a 22-month trough of $0.6911 earlier in the week.

New Zealand's kiwi dollar gained 0.22% to $0.63075, but remained not far from the previous session's nearly two-year low of $0.6277.

CBA sees the potential for a further 5 U.S. cent drop in both Antipodean currencies if strict COVID-19 lockdowns continue for several more months in key trade partner China, although fundamentals point to "large gains by year-end" for Aussie and kiwi after the lockdowns end.

CBA sees the potential for a further 5 U.S. cent drop in both Antipodean currencies if strict COVID-19 lockdowns continue for several more months in key trade partner China, although fundamentals point to "large gains by year-end" for Aussie and kiwi after the lockdowns end.

Meanwhile, sterling struggled near a 22-month low at $1.2262 from the start of the week, last trading 0.1% higher at $1.2334.

Bitcoin nursed its wounds after dropping to the cusp of $30,000 this week for the first time since July of last year, last changing hands about 2% higher at $31,600.

(Reuters)

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