Dollar unchanged ahead of inflation report


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Amid global currency evaluations, the U.S. dollar remained stable today. This quiet trading day comes as geopolitical tensions in the Middle East appear to be easing and as markets anticipate the release of the Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation indicator next Friday.

The dollar remains unchanged in anticipation of the inflation report

The dollar reached new highs last week after Israel launched a missile strike on Iran, further escalating an already volatile conflict.

Recent indications suggest that tensions have calmed, as Tehran has downplayed Israel’s retaliatory drone strike against Iran, signaling a move to avoid a region-wide war.

That said, the dollar has been bolstered by strong U.S. economic data and persistent inflation, along with decisive statements from Federal Reserve policymakers; these factors together drastically reduce the chances of the U.S. central bank cutting rates in the near term.

It is important to note that Fed members are expected to maintain silence this week ahead of their policy meeting the following week, and market activity might be subdued in anticipation of next Friday’s release of data on the personal consumption expenditures price index—the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge—which economists expect to remain high in March.

Other economic data this week brings an initial estimate of first-quarter GDP, which is expected to be slightly weaker than the previous quarter. In addition, new housing starts and initial jobless claims data will be released, along with revised data on consumer confidence and inflation estimates.

The euro rises in price, though the ECB may cut rates soon.

Turning to Europe, EUR/USD rises 0.1% to 1.0656, settling near six-month lows, with weakness in the region very likely to prompt a rate cut by the European Central Bank ahead of the Federal Reserve.

Tensions in the Middle East are not expected to increase energy prices significantly and are unlikely to influence the European Central Bank’s plan to start cutting interest rates in June.

GBP/USD falls 0.1% to 1.2355, just above its lowest level since November on Friday, following signals from Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey and Deputy Governor Dave Ramsden last week about a possible slowdown in inflation.

Yen loses price ahead of BOJ meeting

On the Asian continent, USD/JPY is up 0.1% at 154.74, holding above the 154 level and near a 34-year high, keeping investors on their toes ahead of the likelihood of Bank of Japan intervention.

Attention this week will also be focused on the Bank of Japan’s interest rate decision next Friday, which will be the first meeting after raising interest rates in March. Any signals about upcoming rate hikes or changes in monetary policy are likely to move the currency market.

USD/CNY rose 0.1% to 7.2437 after the People’s Bank of China left its benchmark interest rate unchanged as expected.

Official interest rates remain at record lows because the People’s Bank of China has decided to keep monetary policy very loose to stimulate economic development. Low interest rates are, however, expected to put pressure on the yuan.

USD/CNY is approaching five-month highs above the psychologically important level of 7.2.

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