INTERNATIONAL CURRENCY BUZZ
- Forex – Dollar dips vs yen after BOJ’s Kuroda disappoints easing bets.
- Forex – Asia FX up as US jobs data eases Sept Fed rate hike chances.
- Forex – Dollar firm after U.S. payrolls do little to change Fed expectations.
The dollar slipped lower against the other major currencies on Monday, as Friday’s downbeat U.S. employment report crushed expectations for a U.S. rate hike in the near future.Trading volumes were expected to remain light with U.S. markets set to remain closed on Monday for the Labor Day holiday.EUR/USD edged up 0.11% to at 1.1167.The greenback remained under pressure after data on Friday showed that the U.S. economy added 151,000 jobs in August, disappointing expectations for an increase of 180,000.The U.S. unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.9% this month, confounding expectations for a downtick to 4.8%.The report also showed that average hourly earnings rose 0.1% in August, below expectations for a 0.2% increase.
The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, slid 0.16% to 96.52, holding above the one-week low of 95.17 struck after Friday’s nonfarm payrolls report.The U.S. economy added 151,000 jobs last month the Labor Department said, below the jobs growth of 180,000 that economists had expected.The data dampened expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates again this year.The U.S. central bank raised interest rates for the first time in almost a decade in December.Expectations of higher interest rates typically boost the dollar by making it more attractive to yield seeking investors.Sterling was higher, with GBP/USD rising 0.23% to 1.3324 after data showing that activity in Britain’s service sector rebounded strongly last month from a slowdown prompted by June’s vote to exit the European Union.
- BUY GBP/USD ABOVE 1.3330 TGT 1.3350 1.3380 SL 1.3300.
- SELL GBP/USD BELOW 1.3320 TGTR 1.3300 1.3270 SL 1.3350.