Dollar steady ahead of FOMC

The euro saw a relief rally last week, after Emmanuel Macron’s victory against anti-euro nationalist Marine Le Pen in the first round of France’s presidential elections. The runoff vote is on May 7.

Macron and Le Pen will square off in a televised debate on Wednesday, ahead of Sunday’s runoff vote.

Opinion polls still show Macron, a centrist candidate, holding a strong lead of 20 points over Le Pen with just four days to go to the final vote, in what is widely seen as France’s most important election in decades.

The euro will probably head higher, especially against the yen, if Macron win’s Sunday’s vote, said Stephen Innes, senior trader for FX broker OANDA in Singapore.

“Guys just want to see the final outcome and I think they are going to go into euro and I think primarily euro/yen… that’s going to be their favorite trade,” Innes said.

Under that scenario, the dollar is likely to be supported against the yen as risk sentiment improves, Innes said.



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Stephen Innes

Stephen Innes

Head of Trading APAC at OANDA
Stephen has over 25 years of experience in the financial markets and currently based in Singapore as the Head of Trading Asia Pacific with OANDA. Stephen's market views focus on the movement of G-10 and ASEAN Currencies. His views appear in Bloomberg, CNBC.Reuters, New York Times WSJ and the Economist. His media appearances include Bloomberg TV & Radio, BBC International, Sky TV, Channel News Asia, ASTRO AWANI and BFM Malaysia. Stephen has an extensive trading experience in Spot and Forward FX, Currency and Interest Rate Futures, Money Market Derivatives and Precious Metals. Before joining OANDA, he worked with organisations like Nat West, Chemical Bank, Garvin Guy Butler, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Stephen was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and holds a Degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
Stephen Innes