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Friday, 14. June 2024

Dollar Rebounds Amid Fed’s Rate Cut Reassurances

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The dollar regained ground on Friday, propelled by remarks from Federal Reserve Bank of New York President John Williams, which tempered market expectations of imminent rate cuts. This resurgence followed a week marked by widespread dollar weakness triggered by updated interest rate projections and dovish comments from Fed Chairman Jerome Powell.

Market Dynamics

The dollar’s rebound was driven by Williams‘ comments affirming that rate cuts are not currently under discussion at the Fed and cautioning against premature speculation. This narrative, echoing Powell’s earlier remarks, underscored the Fed’s data-dependent stance and helped allay concerns of aggressive rate cuts.

Economic Data

Friday’s release of U.S. factory production data for November revealed a rise buoyed by a resurgence in motor vehicle output. Despite this positive indicator, manufacturing activity faced headwinds from elevated borrowing costs and softening demand for goods.

Currency Performance:

  • The dollar index recovered by 0.56% to 102.52, after hitting a low of 101.76 on Thursday, marking its worst performance since November.
  • Both the euro and sterling weakened against the dollar, with the euro sliding 0.83% to $1.0899 and sterling dropping 0.60% to $1.2690. However, market sentiment towards rate cuts from the European Central Bank and Bank of England remains robust.
  • Against the Japanese yen, the dollar edged up on Friday, although it remained on track for its worst weekly performance since July, with a 1.94% decline. All eyes are on the Bank of Japan’s upcoming meeting for signals regarding its interest rate policy.

Conclusion

The dollar’s resurgence on Friday, fueled by Fed officials‘ reassurances, offered a counterpoint to earlier weakness driven by rate cut expectations. While economic data provided some support, currency movements continue to be influenced by central bank actions and market sentiment, shaping the dollar’s trajectory in the near term.

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