USD rallies to 2-month high before stalling
Wednesday 24 May, 2023
Daily Currency UpdateThe US dollar rallied to its fresh two-month high at 103.75 in the early European trading session before losing momentum and falling to 103.20 levels. This upward movement was paused after the debt ceiling talks came under uncertainty and no decision could be reached. Both sides, President Joe Biden and Republican Kevin McCarthy departed on Tuesday night with no deal. No new date has been finalized for further talks and no comments clarifying the stance from both parties were released. Markets keep a keen eye on this as the June 1st deadline is approaching in just a few days.
The US spending on benefits such as healthcare and retirement programs has increased steadily in recent years, but negotiators in debt-ceiling talks look to cut down domestic and military spending. Markets are looking for clues from the Federal Reserve Governor Christopher Waller’s speech. US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has cautioned that the US government could no longer have enough money to pay all its bills after June 1st, elevating the risk of a damaging default. The benchmark 10-year US Treasury bond yield was noted to be trading at 3.67% and eased a little bit in yield as US and German bonds edged slightly higher.
Key MoversThe EUR/USD pair is following the US debt ceiling talks and the pair may strengthen as discussions advance further. EUR/USD was last seen trading at 1.0782, up 0.12% on the day. In Eurozone data, the German IFO Business Climate Index fell to 91.7 in May versus the expected 93. After this release, the institute’s Economist Klaus Wohlrabe commented that the German economy could be heading towards stagnation in the second quarter. He also noted that industry export expectations have fallen, and rate hikes have seemed to dampen demand. Markets are closely watching the European Central Bank’s stance on further rate hikes.
The sterling fell to a one-month low against the USD, down 0.23% at the 1.2364 level following data releases that showed inflation in the UK slowed by much less than the market was expecting. However, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) data still came in higher for April. High inflation rates have led the Bank of England (BoE) to increase interest rates, which have supported the pound over the past few months. With slowing inflation, this trend may begin to reverse. Markets are still speculating that the BoE may still implement two extra rate hikes in the next few months.
Oil prices saw a rally after Saudi Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman’s comments warning the short sellers to “watch out.” Data from the US showed a rather dramatic sink in oil inventories, which indicates a rise in demand. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil was last seen trading around 74 and Brent crude oil was trading in the 77 range.
- EUR/USD: 1.0751 - 1.0794 ▼
- GBP/USD: 1.2366 - 1.2463 ▼
- AUD/USD: 0.6541 - 0.6623 ▼
- USD/CAD: 1.3487 - 1.3594 ▲