Dollar Steadies Ahead of Jobs Data

China’s offshore yuan fell the most in a year to pare a record weekly rally, while Mexico’s peso climbed after the central bank sold dollars. European shares fell and Asian equities were mixed before the monthly U.S. jobs report. Oil declined.

The yen, euro and British pound all weakened for the first time in three days and the Turkish lira extended its loss. European equities declined the most in a week and U.S. futures signaled losses, while the MSCI Asia Pacific Index halted a two-day advance. The three-month interbank lending rate for the offshore yuan rose to a record in Hong Kong.

China is risking eroding confidence in its currency by repeatedly tightening capital controls, according to hedge-fund manager Benjamin Fuchs. While the stock rally and Treasury rout that greeted Donald Trump’s win have been under threat for the past month, the dollar stabilized Friday after a two-day tumble. The U.S. jobs report is expected to confirm a sixth straight year with more than 2 million jobs added, a pace that could be difficult to sustain.

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.