After rushing to raise rates this year, the Fed shifted to a more dovish strategy this month in what appears to be a compromise between officials concerned about high inflation and others wary of higher rates. Financial costs can destroy the economy or stress markets.
The minutes of the Nov. 1-2 policy conference, coming later on Wednesday, may reveal just how deep any emerging disagreement has started to run at the U.S. central bank as it finishes the push to “front-load” rate gains and begins regarding the way in shorter steps to an eventual stopping point.
The euro climbed 0.6% versus the dollar to $1.0362, on pace for a second consecutive session of gains.
U.S. business activity acquired for a fifth consecutive month in November, with a measure of new orders falling to its most inferior level in 2-1/2 years as higher interest rates revealed demand.
Other data revealed the number of Americans filing new claims for lay-off benefits rose more than anticipated last week, even though labor market conditions remain tight.
The dollar has rebounded versus every major currency this year. It received support from the Fed’s supersized interest rate hikes as it fights inflation. But current lower-than-expected U.S. consumer price data has sparked investors’ hopes.
Versus the yen, the dollar fell 0.8% to 140.155 yen.
Sterling shot higher on Wednesday. It climbed for a second straight day against a faltering U.S. dollar after preliminary British economic activity data beat anticipations. Nevertheless, it still conducted contraction was underway.
The pound was last high 1.14$, at $1.2018.