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Dollar steadies before key inflation data and Powell’s speech

29th Mar 24 11:53 am

The dollar index began the final day of the week with positive movements, hovering around its highest levels in six weeks as the market prepares for a significant day filled with key economic events and data from the U.S.

The greenback maintains its bullish stance as traders brace for the pivotal U.S. inflation reading, which could heavily influence the outlook on interest rates.

However, trading volume is expected to remain thin as the U.S. markets will be closed for Good Friday. Investors eagerly await the release of the latest PCE price index report, the Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation gauge, for insights into whether the recent streak of elevated inflation data will persist.

Market consensus expects the Core PCE Price to slightly decline to 0.3% from the previous reading of 0.4%, which could limit the greenback appreciation in the near term. Volatility in the dollar may increase upon the data release and Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s speech at the San Francisco Fed’s Macroeconomics and Monetary Policy Conference later today.

Shifting focus to the world’s second-largest economy, China, the yuan is trading relatively flat with low volatility. The Chinese currency is consolidating near its recent lows, digesting the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) announcement outlining plans to facilitate capital movement in and out of the country and promote deregulation in financial markets to attract foreign investors.

Deputy Head Xu Zhibin expressed the intention to enhance two-way capital market access, broaden investment opportunities, support overseas listings by Chinese companies, and encourage institutional investors to participate in offshore investments.

This initiative comes as global investors have diversified away from China due to economic uncertainties and geopolitical risks. The announced measures could bring foreign investment into China’s financial markets, potentially increasing demand for the yuan, and thus curbing its depreciation.

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