- Dollar Continues to Rebound Stronger
- ECB Policymakers Divided
- Markets Dip Following Strong Start
The USD forex market has continued to rebound strongly into this week. This has further increased pressure on other major forex currencies particularly the Euro and Sterling. The Euro has also been struggling under the weight of disagreement between key policymakers at the ECB over how the group should approach the key inflation issues facing not only the European bloc but those in the US and around the world. The Dollar Index is also flexing its muscle moving up close to the 92 mark as Sterling and other majors lack momentum. Markets on Wall Street had a quiet start to the day after a very positive start to the week yesterday.
Dollar Demand Persists in Pushing Higher
Forex brokers noted a continuing strong demand for the Dollar through yesterday and into the trading session today as US Treasury rates moved higher and Fed Chief Jerome Powell reiterated his caution over rising inflation and the fact that the country continues to battle against the COVID-19 crisis despite a positive return to form for the economy. These pre-released remarks yesterday ensured the Dollar held firm in its position of strength.
Powell is set to address the House Select Subcommittee on Coronavirus Crisis shortly with those forex trading the Dollar and other currencies keeping an eye on his tone and whether it will support the rather hawkish turn of last week from the Fed. This will remain the key driver for the Greenback today with possible reverberations to carry through the week.
ECB Divided on Inflation Issue
While the Fed in the US remains fairly uniform in their view, that is not the case currently in Europe where the ECB policymakers are decidedly divided on the concerns caused by inflationary pressure, and how they should be dealt with.
With the Euro under pressure from a strong Dollar and showcasing all the hallmarks of a strong inflationary presence as can also be seen in the US, there would appear to be some discord as to how the banks’ approach to inflation should be delivered. This follows their meeting last week where it was generally agreed that it could be tolerated if inflation were to move beyond the 2% goal. By how much, and for how long though, remains unclear.
Wall Street Quiet After Dow Roars
An extremely strong start to the week on Wall Street, particularly from the Dow Jones which rebounded more than 500 points from a dip last week on the news from the Fed meeting and proposed interest rate hikes. This was its best day since March while the other major indices posted more modest gains.
The early trading today has been much flatter with traders presumably awaiting any news or indication from Jerome Powell’s testimony. One of the biggest gainers so far today is Reddit favorite GameStop with a jump following the conclusion of their most recent, billion-dollar share sale.