Dollar firms up after solid US jobs data

Dhaka,  Sun,  24 September 2017
Published : 07 Aug 2017, 10:35:49

Dollar holds firm after upbeat US jobs report, inflation data in focus

The dollar stood tall on Monday after an upbeat US jobs report lifted it off 15-month lows, with data lined up this week seen as key to whether the greenback's rebound could be sustained in the longer term.

The dollar index against a basket of six major currencies was little changed at 93.447.DXY after climbing 0.75 per cent on Friday. The rally pulled it away from 92.548, its lowest level since May 2016 marked on Wednesday.

The euro was little changed at $1.1781 EUR= after losing 0.8 per cent on Friday to put some distance between a 2-1/2-year high of $1.1910 scaled earlier last week.

The dollar, which briefly sank below 110.00 yen to a seven-week low last week, was up 0.1 per cent at 110.785 yen JPY= after going as high as 111.050 on Friday.

Closely watched data released on Friday showed nonfarm payrolls increased by a bigger-than-forecast 209,000 jobs last month, while average hourly earnings increased 0.3 per cent to match expectations after rising 0.2 per cent in June.

While the strong jobs data helped the dollar by keeping prospects of a December interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve alive, markets are looking for further evidence of robust fundamentals in order to firm up the US currency's upturn.

"This is going to be a crucial week for the dollar. The limited rise by the 10-year Treasury yield despite the strong payrolls shows that concerns towards slowing US inflation still linger," said Junichi Ishikawa, senior FX strategist at IG Securities in Tokyo.

"Data such as the producer and consumer price indexes may have to be better than expected to douse inflation concerns. Only then would the dollar reach a real turning point."

US producer price index numbers for July will be released on Thursday and the consumer price index figures are due on Friday.

The 10-year Treasury note yield US10YT=RR stood at 2.269 per cent, pulling back slightly from Friday's high of 2.290 per cent.

The Australian dollar was little changed at $0.7931 AUD=D4 having lost about 0.7 per cent last week against the broadly higher dollar.

The pound was flat at $1.3043 GBP=D3. Friday's dollar surge deepened losses for sterling, which was already on the back foot after the Bank of England kept rates unchanged on Thursday and delivered a dovish message. It has slid sharply from a 13-month peak of $1.3267 set earlier last week. 

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