Dollar index edges slightly off 4-month peak


A closely followed U.S. dollar index gave back some ground after touching a fresh 4-month high the previous day as investors reacted to President Donald Trump’s decision on Tuesday to withdraw from a multilateral nuclear pact with Iran.

Currency investors also weighed U.S. data that could offer hints on inflation and economic activity, further helping solidify the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy strategy.

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What are currencies doing?

The ICE U.S. Dollar Index

DXY, +0.03%

which measures the buck against a half-dozen counterparts, was down 0.1% at 93.058, compared with 93.112 representing Tuesday, its highest level since late December as the buck has mostly staged a multiweek uptrend.

The broader WSJ Dollar Index

BUXX, +0.07%

which tracks the U.S. unit’s strength against 16 currencies, recovered a little and was up 0.1% at 86.68, also hovering near its highest level since December.

The euro

EURUSD, -0.1096%

retraced its earlier wins and slipped to $1.1858, compared with $1.1864 late Tuesday in New York. The British pound

GBPUSD, +0.0295%

 held on to its gains and ticked up to $1.3550, versus $1.3546 in the previous session.

The Japanese yen

USDJPY, +0.53%

slipped, with the buck buying ¥109.73, compared with ¥109.12 late Tuesday

Against the Canadian dollar

USDCAD, -0.7489%

the buck edged lower, last fetching C$1.2848, compared with C$1.2952 late Tuesday.

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What is driving the market?

The dollar’s weakness came after Trump announced Tuesday afternoon that the U.S. would withdraw from Iran deal and reimpose sanctions on the Middle Eastern nation.

The decision sent ripples through global markets. The U.S. crude oil futures benchmark

CLM8, +3.16%

traded higher Wednesday morning, pushing back above $70 a barrel as the sanctions target Iranian oil exports. Oil had first broken through the $70 benchmark on Monday, marking a four-year high.

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Meanwhile, Atlanta Federal Reserve President Raphael Bostic said the expected stimulus from the tax cut package passed late last year was muddled by fears over trade wars.

Elsewhere, British pound traders are gearing up to hear from the Bank of England on Thursday. Just weeks ago, market participants thought of a May interest rate increase by Mark Carney & Co. as a done deal. But following disappointing economic data, the odds look different now.

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What are strategists saying?

“A rise in U.S. 10-year yields above the 3% mark helped drive dollar-yen higher today, but both euro and cable also rallied in lively European Trade marked by some investor relief flows after earlier geopolitical tensions in the week,” wrote Boris Schlossberg, managing director of FX strategy at BK Asset Management.

The 10-year Treasury note

TMUBMUSD10Y, +0.92%

 last yielded around 3.003% up 4 basis points.

“The US dollar index hit yet another high for 2018 this morning before profit-taking set in. The softer-than-expected US PPI number pushed the greenback to a session low, as inflation may cool. If factory prices are slipping, we could see costs for consumers slide too,” said David Madden, market analyst at CMC Markets U.K.

What economic reports are in focus?

The producer-price index for April rose a smaller-than-expected 0.1% in April, compared with forecasts of 0.3%. The core rate, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, rose by the same amount.

A report on wholesale inventories grew 0.3% in March versus 1% before.

In other assets, U.S. stock indexes including the Dow Jones Industrial Average

DJIA, +0.75%

 traded firmly higher, and were on track to finish the day in the green.

Source : MTV