According to the latest news, the U.S. dollar declined slightly after softer-than-expected U.S. inflation data for January. Significantly, currency market moves were generally calm due to holidays in Asian markets.
Moreover, currency markets move were low overnight because of holidays in Japan and China. However, the American currency dipped near two-week lows against the basket of currencies.
According to Wednesday’s data, U.S. core inflation last month was zero, while market expectations were 0.2%.
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell announced that while he anticipated base effects and pent-up demand when the economy fully reopens to increase inflation, that was expected to be transitory. He cited three decades of lower and stable prices.
Powell also said that the central bank’s new policy framework could accommodate annual inflation over 2% for some time before increasing rates, reinforcing market expectations of weak returns from the greenback.
According to ING FX strategists, as the global economy starts its post-winter recovery in the second quarter of the year, this suggests more upside to cyclical currencies. Simultaneously, negative U.S. real rates should also support the low yielding currencies, such as EUR vs. the dollar.
Moreover, at 1200 GMT, the U.S dollar was slightly lower at 90.391
The eurozone economy will recover less than anticipated
The euro rose by about 0.1% versus the American currency and settled at $1.2129. A European Commission expects that the eurozone economy will recover less than anticipated in 2021 did not affect the euro.
The Australian dollar’s risk-sensitive currency increased by 0.3% against the dollar and stood at 0.7746. The Aussie was trading near a two-week high of 0.7756.
Moreover, the British sterling declined to $1.3826 and traded below the three-year high of $1.3865 hit on Wednesday.
Oil prices also dropped after nine-session on gains. Moreover, the Norwegian crown declined from Wednesday’s one-year high against the euro. The currency stood at 10.262 versus the euro.
Furthermore, the world’s most popular cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, was trading at about $46,577. Bitcoin declined by approximately 3% since Tuesday’s all-time high as it surpassed $48,000. The second-largest cryptocurrency Ethereum also fell from lifetime highs.
In New Zealand, where they have contained the virus well, boosting accommodation prices have inflation running above anticipations. Investors have scaled back what had been further rate cut expectations.
Across the Tasman Sea, the risk-sensitive New Zealand dollar was broadly steady at $0.7222 on February 11.