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US dollar remains close to recent lows as investors await inflation figures, according to Reuters.

Dollar Hovers Near Two-Week Lows Ahead of Inflation Data

The Dollar’s Performance and Market Sentiment

The dollar is currently trading near a two-week low following the release of minutes from the last U.S. Federal Reserve meeting. These minutes revealed a cautious stance from policymakers and left investors eagerly awaiting key inflation data.

As of now, the dollar index, which measures the U.S. currency against six major rivals, stands at 105.67. This level is not far from its lowest point since September 25th, which it reached on Wednesday. The index is down 0.4% for the week.

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Fed’s Caution and Inflation Concerns

The minutes from the September 19-20 Fed meeting highlighted uncertainties surrounding the economy, oil prices, and financial markets. These factors support the cautious approach of policymakers in determining the extent of additional policy firming that may be deemed appropriate.

Recent comments from Fed officials have also highlighted rising bond yields as a factor that could potentially signal the end of the rate hike cycle.

However, a mixed report on U.S. producer prices, showing an increase in September due to higher energy and food costs, has kept the mood cautious. Underlying inflation pressures at the factory gate continue to decrease, indicating a challenging path ahead in the fight against inflation.

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Impact on the Federal Reserve’s Decision

The upcoming release of September’s consumer price index data will play a crucial role in shaping the Federal Reserve’s decision-making process. A downside surprise in inflation could support the case for the Fed to halt its tightening cycle, leading to a decrease in U.S. yields and the dollar.

On the other hand, an upside surprise in inflation would likely prompt markets to reevaluate the chances of the Federal Open Market Committee following through on its projected 25 basis point hike.

Currently, futures markets are pricing in a 26% chance of a 25 basis point hike in the December meeting and a 9% chance in the November meeting, according to the CME FedWatch tool.

Impact on Currency Markets

The recent weakness in the dollar is primarily driven by declining Treasury yields as bond prices rally on the Fed’s softer stance on future rate hikes. In contrast, the euro has strengthened, reaching a new two-week high on Wednesday.

Two influential European Central Bank policymakers have emphasized that progress has been made in bringing inflation back down to target. However, they also noted that new shocks could require the continuation of a now-paused tightening cycle.

The Japanese yen has strengthened slightly against the dollar, while sterling remains flat. The Australian dollar has seen a modest rise, while the New Zealand dollar has experienced a slight decline.

Summary of Currency Bid Prices

  • Euro/Dollar: $1.0621
  • Dollar/Yen: 149.0950
  • Euro/Yen: 158.36
  • Dollar/Swiss: 0.9011
  • Sterling/Dollar: 1.2310
  • Dollar/Canadian: 1.3591
  • Aussie/Dollar: 0.6416
  • NZ Dollar/Dollar: 0.6016

These figures represent the latest currency bid prices at 0041 GMT.

Please note that the information presented here is solely for informational purposes and should not be considered as financial advice.

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