U.S. Dollar Steady as Geopolitical Storm Quietens

The U.S. dollar started trade in Asia on Tuesday in familiar territory, holding flat after a listless session overnight void of any meaningful economic data or market-moving events.

The dollar index was flat at 81.455 after drifting in a 82 tick-range on Monday, a far cry from Friday’s 336 tick-range.  Traders said the index was looking toppish given last month’s rally that swept it to a succession of 2014 peaks and the market will need fresh impetus to push it further still.

Monday had nothing to excite dollar bulls and left markets in a watchful mood as geopolitical risks persisted.  In Iraq, a new political crisis was brewing just days after Washington launched its first military action against insurgents from the Islamic State.


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