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A weaker euro and higher Treasury yields propelled the dollar to a one-week high against major peers on Wednesday, ahead of a European Central Bank policy meeting. Since Sept. 1, the dollar index has increased by 0.05 percent to 92.580, up from 92. 590. This is the first time the euro has fallen below $1.18 since September 2, Because of rising U.S. yields, the dollar gained 0.08 percent to 110.385 yen.
Wednesday’s benchmark 10-year Treasury note increased to 1.385 percent, up over 6 basis points from the previous day’s close. As a matter of fact . Dollar index plummeted to its lowest levels since early August at the end of last week, after the Federal Reserve reportedly decided not to announce any tapering of stimulus at its policy meeting this month. As a result of this, there is a risk of an inflationary spiral as wages continue to climb rapidly. A shift in market attention to wage growth appears to be behind this week’s dollar surge. suggests that the Fed may stick with its tapering plan,” Ken Cheung, a strategist at Mizuho Bank in Hong Kong, wrote in a report.
“We look for further upside for the USD.” The rise of COVID-19-related mortality in the United States, on the other hand, may cause the central bank to take a second look. About two thirds more persons have died from the illness in the last two weeks than in the previous period. To combat the extremely contagious Delta strain, President Biden will present a plan on Thursday.
If the labour market is still on the path of “substantial further development” that the Fed has stressed is required for a taper, investors will be watching the speech of New York Fed President John Williams later on Wednesday. “Risk aversion in the air alongside the move up in UST yields have helped the USD extend its post-payrolls recovery,” Rodrigo Catril, a senior foreign-exchange strategist at National Australia Bank (OTC:NABZY), wrote in a client note.
“Investors are wary of the ECB meeting on Thursday, anticipating a potential trim to the PEPP (Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme) bond-buying pace.”
It’s possible that PEPP purchases will drop from 80 billion euros per month to as low as 60 billion euros a month, according to analysts. The Australian currency was weakened by the Reserve Bank of Australia’s decision on Tuesday to proceed with a tapering of bond purchases while also extending the programme until February. This is a continuation of the previous session’s 0.7 percent decline. It fell 0.07 percent on Wednesday to $0. 73825.Following an overnight decline of 0.9 percent, the loonie was virtually unchanged at C$1.2641.
Investors are expecting a dovish narrative from the Bank of Canada’s policy meeting later Wednesday, following an unanticipated economic contraction last quarter, according to NAB’s Catril.Meanwhile, cryptocurrencies struggled to recover from overnight losses after multiple trading platforms reported performance issues, but it was unclear whether these were a cause of the volatility or a result of it. After falling as low as $42,900.01 on Tuesday, bitcoin dropped 1% to roughly $46,400. It had hit a four-month high of $52,956.47 earlier in the day.