Dollar steady on a data-dry start to the week
It has been a quiet start to the week in currency markets, with most pairs confined to tight ranges with little on the data calendar to spur trading. The dollar, as measured against a basket of six currencies, had a marginal bullish bias, while USD/TRY was largely sidelined after a roller-coaster seven days as the country starts public holidays for the entire week.
USD/CNH rose for the first time in three days despite the People’s Bank of China setting a stronger yuan fix versus the dollar for the second straight day. USD/CAD consolidated Friday’s drop after inflation data heightened speculation of a Bank of Canada rate hike sooner rather than later.
USD/CAD Daily Chart
Aussie government popularity takes a hit
An opinion poll released this morning showed Malcolm Turnbull’s Liberal-National coalition slipping further behind the opposition Labor party in the popularity stakes. The Fairfax-Ipsos poll showed the gap widening 2% to 10%, 55% versus 45%, in favor of Labor. The Australian dollar held a slightly weaker bias in the Asian session, sliding 0.1% to 0.7307. That would mean the Aussie has snapped a three-day rising streak which helped it gain 1.45% versus the dollar since the low last Wednesday. The pair continues to be capped by the 55-day moving average, which is at 0.7413 today.
AUD/USD Daily Chart
Economists more hawkish on BOE rate outlook
In the latest survey conducted by Bloomberg, economists expect the Bank of England to hike rates twice next year, bringing the base rate to 1.25% by end-2019. That’s 25 bps higher than in the survey conducted in July. The first of next year’s hikes is not expected until after Brexit is concluded in March, possibly at the May meeting. GBP/USD showed little reaction to the survey, hovering at 1.2743, slightly below today’s opening price in quiet, subdued trading activity.
Jackson Hole Symposium caps off a relatively quiet data week
After a slow Monday, Tuesday (Asia time) sees a speech from RBA Governor Lowe and the release of minutes of the last RBA meeting while those of the Fed’s last meeting follow early Thursday morning (Asia time). The Kansas Fed’s Jackson Hole meeting kicks off on Thursday and lasts through Sunday with markets eager to hear if Jerome Powell hints at any hawkish changes to the Fed’s rate outlook. Speeches from other central bankers could prompt headlines but none are seen to be in such an aggressive hawkish position as the Fed.
This week’s full data calendar can be viewed here: https://www.marketpulse.com/economic-events/
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