US Dollar May Rise on Fed-Speak, Pound at Risk on Carney Comments
- US Dollar gains as markets look ahead to hawkish Fed-speak
- New Zealand Dollar sinks on ebbing demand for local assets
- Euro may ignore PMIs, Pound may fall on Carney comments
The US Dollar outperformed in overnight trade as markets looked on to a busy week of Fed commentary that may boost near-term rate hike speculation. Recent remarks from central bank officials including Chair Yellen have struck a hawkish tone. Neel Kashkari, Patrick Harker and John Williams – Presidents of the central bank’s Minneapolis, Philadelphia and San Francisco branches – are due to speak today.
The New Zealand Dollar proved weakest on the day thus far as the island nation’s benchmark government bonds declined, pointing to ebbing demand for assets denominated in terms of the local currency. A discrete, catalyst for the move is not readily apparent. The announcement of a second “social bond”, increasing the government’s liabilities, and an expected price drop at an upcoming dairy auction are possible culprits.
The preliminary set February’s Eurozone PMI figures is unlikely to inspire a strong reaction from the Euro considering the outcomes’ limited implications for near-term ECB policy trends. Comments from BOE Governor Mark Carney may weigh on the British Pound if the central bank chief reiterates policymakers’ dovish disposition amid lingering Brexit-related worries despite improving UK economic news-flow.
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--- Written by Ilya Spivak, Currency Strategist for DailyFX.com
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