Dollar retreats after strong Fed-inspired gains


The U.S. dollar edged lower in early European hours Thursday, handing back some of its overnight gains after the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s last meeting pointed to another rate hike later this month.

  At 02:55 ET (06:55 GMT), the Dollar Index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six other currencies, traded 0.1% lower to 102.945, after rising 0.5% overnight.

Fed minutes firm rate hike expectations

  The Fed minutes, released on Wednesday, showed that almost all members of the central bank supported more rate hikes in the coming months, citing stubborn inflation and an overheated labor market.

  This has raised expectations for an increase at the Fed’s next meeting later this month, boosting the dollar.

  “We see room for a dollar rebound in the near term. The U.S. economy looks in better shape than Europe and Asia, which suggests ‘higher for longer’ is somewhat more credible coming from the Fed than most others,” said Jonas Goltermann, an economist at Capital Economics.

German factory orders jump

  EUR/USD rose 0.1% to 1.0865, helped by data showing German industrial orders rose significantly more than expected in May, climbing by 6.4% on the month, significantly better than the predicted 1.2% increase.

  The European Central Bank is widely expected to increase interest rates again later this month, and Governing Council member Joachim Nagel said earlier this week that further hikes are likely even though decisions remain data-dependent.

Yuan near eight-month low

  USD/CNY traded largely unchanged at 7.2472, with the yuan remaining just shy of an eight-month low after data this week showed that Chinese business activity deteriorated for a third straight month in June.

  Also weighing on the Chinese currency were concerns over worsening trade relations between Washington and Beijing, as the two economic superpowers battle for dominance in the field of semiconductor chips.

  Elsewhere, GBP/USD traded flat at 1.2704, while USD/JPY fell 0.6% to 143.76, amid continued speculation over government intervention in currency markets, and AUD/USD rose 0.4% to 0.6678, helped by stronger-than-expected trade data for May.


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