The US dollar falls following manufacturing data
Daily Currency UpdateThe US dollar is trading lower today as US stocks rally. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 are up by 3% and 2.6% at the time of this writing. There was bad news from the US Institute for Supply Management’s gauge of factory activity, which missed estimates, pushed the US dollar lower, and helped riskier currencies to increase (such as NZD, AUD and CAD, which are rising by 2%, 1.7% and 1.4% respectively).
The news that might keep pushing the US dollar higher over the following few days came from Fed officials, even though they were ignored today. Federal Reserve Bank of New York President John Williams said the Fed still has more work to control inflation and that, “Tighter monetary policy has begun to cool demand and reduce inflationary pressures, but our job is not yet done... It will take time, but I am fully confident we will return to a sustained period of price stability.” He also added, “As a result of slowing growth, I anticipate the unemployment rate will rise from its current level of 3.7% to around 4.5% by the end of 2023.”
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Raphael Bostic also said US manufacturers struggling with global supplies during the Covid-19 pandemic are changing their component businesses, which may add to more inflation.
Key MoversThe RBA is expected to raise its cash rate by 50bps at its meeting this afternoon, which would take the RBA rate to 2.85%. Market participants will be focused on how the RBA manages expectations because Governor Lowe has previously referred to the probability of slowing down rate hikes towards increments of 25 bps.
UK Prime Minister Truss changed her mind about her proposed tax cut. Market participants are betting it will take a more considerable UK government policy U-turn to restore credibility with markets. The Pound kept bouncing against the USD again today, hitting 1.1335 vs the USD in the North American trading session.
- EUR/USD: 0.9757 - 0.9836 ▲
- GBP/USD: 1.1092 - 1.1327 ▲
- AUD/USD: 0.6414 - 0.6522 ▲
- USD/CAD: 1.3624 - 1.3802 ▼