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Dollar Rises on Relative Yield Strength and Economic Optimism

Dollar rises broadly in early US session, standing out in a day characterized by relatively slow news flow. The move in the greenback can be primarily attributed to the rise in US benchmark yields, which outpaced those of other regions, thereby bolstering the greenback's appeal. Sentiment surrounding the US market...

Yen Weakens Amid BoJ’s Dovish Signals, S&P 500 Poised to Break Through 5000 Milestone

Japanese Yen declines broadly in today's Asian session, reacting to dovish remarks made by BoJ Deputy Governor. The official's commentary emphasized a cautious approach to monetary tightening, highlighting that even with exit from negative interest rate policy, the pace of interest rate hikes would remain measured. This outlook, especially the...

Sterling and Euro Gain on Central Bank Patience, Swiss Franc Falls

Sterling, and to a lesser extent, Euro, are propelled slightly higher by hawkish comments from key figures in BoE and ECB. These officials have adopted a stance of patience, preferring to wait for additional economic data before making any decisions on interest rate cuts. Their cautious approach has also...

Commodity Currencies in Fragile Rebound, Await Concrete Market Stabilization Moves from China

Commodity currencies are the main movers in Asian markets today, gaining broadly, albeit against a backdrop of continued weak momentum. This situation unfolds as Chinese stocks carry forward their rebound from earlier this week, showcasing a divergence from Hong Kong's market dynamics, where signs of profit-taking are beginning to...

Dollar in Consolidation Mode as Kiwi Eyes Upcoming NZ Job Data

Dollar is largely in a state of consolidation today, except with a minor uptick observed against Swiss Franc. In the absence of significant economic data from the US, market participants are poised to gauge the sentiment from forthcoming comments by Fed officials. However, the broader market dynamics, particularly the...

Aussie Recovers with RBA Hold and China Stocks Rally, But Momentum Tepid

Australian Dollar recovered mildly today, but momentum is so far limited. While RBA softened the hawkish stances after standing pat on rates, the left is still left open for more tightening. Governor Michele Bullock emphasized in the post-meeting press conference that the inflationary battle is far from won, while...

Dollar’s Dominance Continues, Sterling and Euro Accelerate Down

Dollar's robust rally persists in early US session, and gains momentum alongside the strong rise 10-year yield, now surpassing the 4.1% mark. Fed Chair Jerome Powell's hawkish comments in CBS interview air during the weekend continued to shift market expectations. The probability of Fed holding interest rate unchanged in...

Continued Ascendancy of Dollar Awaits Validation from ISM Services Data

Dollar strengthens broadly in Asian session today, extending last week's late rebound. This uptick comes in the wake of Fed Chair Jerome Powell's interview on 60 Minutes, where he reiterated the premature nature of interest rate cuts in March. He also highlighted the underlying economic resilience that affords Fed...

Investor Optimism Pushes Stocks to New Heights, While Dollar Rallies as March Fed Cut Speculation Subsides

This past week in the financial markets has been nothing short of a rollercoaster, with Dollar clinching the title of the strongest currency amidst considerable volatility. The narrative that dominated was the dissipating likelihood of a March rate cut by Fed. But at the same time, investor sentiment took...

Dollar Stages Comeback as Stellar NFP Triggers Rethink on Fed’s Easing Timeline

Dollar is staging a significant rebound in early US session, fueled by unexpectedly robust Non-Farm Payroll data. This surge was mirrored by a sharp increase in 10-year treasury yield, which is on the verge of reclaiming 4% handle. Conversely, stock futures took a downturn in response to the revelations...

Dollar Vulnerable after Dramatic Turnaround, Next Move Hinges on NFP

Dollar had a dramatic turnaround in its fortune overnight, following the significant slide in US 10-year yield, which coincided with robust rally in US stock markets. Major indexes effectively wiped out the sharp declines seen on Wednesday. Anticipation of a Fed rate cut in March has notably dwindled, with...

BoE’s Three-Way Split Vote Muddles Sterling’s Path, Yen Strength Continues

Sterling is currently trading with indecisiveness following BoE's rate decision, which has provoked mixed reactions in the markets. The decision, notable for its combination of hawkish and dovish signals, resulted in a rare three-way voting split—the first occurrence since 2008—with two members favoring a rate hike, one a cut,...

Banking Jitters Propel Yen to Forefront, Overshadowing Fed; BoE Next

In a week crowded with high-profile events like FOMC rate decision overnight and the upcoming BoE meeting today, Japanese Yen is surprisingly stealing the show as the star performer in the currency markets. This rally in Yen's can be attributed to the significant drop in global benchmark treasury yields,...

Dollar Dips on Weak ADP Jobs Data; Markets Await FOMC Outcome

Dollar weakens slightly in early US session, as dragged down by disappointing ADP private sector job data. Despite this, the downturn is contained, as market participants remain cautious ahead of FOMC rate decision later in the day. While no changes in interest rates are anticipated, considerable attention is centered...

CPI Miss Drives Aussie Down, Dollar Sees Modest Rise Pre-FOMC

Australian Dollar encountered significant headwinds in today's Asian session, weighed down by the latest Australian Q4 CPI data. The lower than expected inflation confirmed that RBA would hold interest rate unchanged in the forthcoming meeting next week. The central bank could also be finally ready to indicate completion of...

Euro Recovers as Recession Dodged in Eurozone, Aussie Softens ahead of CPI

Euro recovers broadly today, as lifted by GDP data that indicated the Eurozone economy has narrowly averted a technical recession. This positive development has also led to a notable rebound in Germany's benchmark treasury yields. Meanwhile selling pressure has shifted Sterling and Swiss Franc, both of which are ceding...

Dollar Declines as US Stocks Reach New Record, But Euro Even Weaker

Dollar declined broadly overnight, US Treasury's borrowing plan for Q1 that spurred rally in the stock market, propelling it to new record highs while simultaneously exerting downward pressure on yields. Despite this shift, the greenback remains largely within its recent trading range. Market participants seem to be holding the...

Euro Weakens on Prospects of Early ECB Rate Cut

Euro weakens broadly today amid signals from ECB officials that a rate cut cycle could commence in June, or even earlier in April. This bearish sentiment towards the common currency heightens the significance of upcoming Eurozone economic data releases, with GDP figures tomorrow and CPI data on Thursday poised...

Forex Markets in Slow Motion: Anticipation Builds for Fed, BoE and Crucial Economic Data

Tentative risk-on sentiment is perceptible in Asian session, as Japan's Nikkei rallied with energy shares lifted by rally in oil prices. Concurrently, stock markets Hong Kong are continuing their near-term rebound, reflecting cautious optimism in the region. Nevertheless, this momentum has not translated into significant activity in the forex...

A Week of Contrasts: US Resilience, Hawkish BoJ, ECB Cut Speculations, China’s Reversal

The past week in the financial markets was a blend of the anticipated and the unforeseen, creating a cloud of indecision among traders. Central bank decisions by ECB, BoC, and BoJ unfolded largely as anticipated. But BoJ's slightly hawkish communication provided a temporary lift to Yen. Despite ECB President's...