Dudley Do-Right for the dollar bulls
In the absence of any meaningful economic data overnight, the market’s focus was on Fed member Dudley who bolstered the case for Fed policy normalisation. Hitting the right chords and sounding dismissive about the recent slowdown in inflation, an unrepentantly hawkish Dudley provided the USD bulls with enough fodder to re-engage dollar longs tentatively. DXY moved back towards last week’s highs as US 10y yields based and pivoted higher throughout the NY session, and Gold predictably pointed lower on the stronger USD
Risk sentiment held well as NDX was the big gainer closing at +1.6 % as buyers resurfaced after selling dominated for the expiry on Friday.
After a somewhat sluggish start to the week, Fed Dudley views on inflation confirmed a unified Fed willing to look through the soft Q1 inflation print, provided a spark to the dollar bulls. But given that Dudley’s public edict is almost always fully in sync with that of Yellen, anything other would have been the shocker. While the markets remain dollar bid tentatively, there remains an air of uncertainty on this move as the USD reality check is likely only one bad US economic data print away.
USDJPY continues rallying in early APAC trade after Fed member Dudley comments struck a chord with investors Even Russia’s threat to target US warplanes in Syrian airspace failed to ruffle sentiment or cause any risk averse demand for JPY. Given the markets are still short USD, the headlines are likely to create a bit of discomfort as the short term momentum is tentatively USD bullish as a unified Fed is steers the policy ship
The market remains wrapped around the on-going Brexit negotiations. There remain many obstacles and hurdles for the UK economy, and the initiation of the negotiations will be substantial, but the general tone at this stage is what’s key.
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