The Dollar Gains Ground as Eurozone Growth Outlook Darkens
In an unexpected turn of events, the dollar has strengthened thanks to another positive U.S. economic data reading, while the euro struggles to make progress amidst a gloomy growth outlook in the Eurozone.
Australian Dollar Rises on Inflation Print
Following a higher-than-expected inflation print in Australia, the Australian dollar experienced a knee-jerk reaction, rising more than 0.5%.
Resilient U.S. Business Output
Data released on Tuesday revealed that U.S. business output increased in October as the manufacturing sector pulled out of a five-month contraction. This positive news has supported the dollar.
Eurozone Business Activity Takes a Hit
In contrast, the Eurozone’s business activity took an unexpected turn for the worse this month, causing the euro to decline 0.75% on Tuesday. The euro’s slide has lifted the dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six peers.
Eurozone Entering Recession
According to market analysts, the eurozone economy is on the brink of a recession, which has raised expectations that the European Central Bank has reached its peak in interest rates. Meanwhile, the U.S. Federal Reserve could continue to raise interest rates due to strong economic data.
Yen Remains Pinned Near 150 Threshold
The buoyant dollar has kept the yen close to the closely watched 150 threshold, with the Japanese currency currently at 149.86 per dollar. Traders are monitoring for any signs of intervention by Japanese authorities as pressure mounts on the Bank of Japan to change its bond yield control.
Sterling and New Zealand Dollar Show Modest Gains
Sterling rose 0.04% to $1.2165, while the New Zealand dollar gained 0.08% to $0.5849.
Australian Dollar Continues to Rise
The Australian dollar remains on an upward trajectory, currently 0.35% higher at $0.6378. Market analysts suggest that the Reserve Bank of Australia’s November meeting is likely to be live, with the cash rate expected to be hiked to 4.35%.
Bitcoin’s Bull Run
In the world of cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin has surged to a roughly 18-month high, fuelled by speculation of an imminent exchange-traded Bitcoin fund. The launch of one or more spot ETFs could potentially lead to the next major bull run in the entire cryptocurrency ecosystem.
With the dollar gaining strength and the eurozone facing economic challenges, the global currency landscape is experiencing significant shifts. As traders navigate these uncertain times, the future remains unpredictable.