The U.S. Dollar Index follows the dollar versus a basket of other currencies. It inched up 0.14% to 90.023 by 1:50 AM ET (5:50 AM GMT).
The USD/CNY pair bound up 0.12% to 6.3882. Investors proceed to observe shifts in Chinese policymakers’ stance on the currency. Subsequently, the People’s Bank of China contracted its Banks’ forex requirements earlier this week to curb the yuan’s surge.
Data published earlier in the day spoke May’s Caixin Services Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) was 55.1. It registered a slower growth rate in the services sector in China.
As stated in the data released earlier in the day, the USD/JPY pair was up 0.21% to 109.78. Meantime, services PMI dropped to 46.5 in May in Japan.
The AUD/USD pair was falling 0.26% to 0.7732 after data released earlier in the day stated Australia’s retail sales rose 1.1% month-on-month in April. Over the Tasman Sea, the NZD/USD pair dropped 0.28% to 0.7216.
The GBP/USD pair trimmed down 0.11% to 1.4152 as investors await the U.K.’s services PMI data in May, due later in the day.
Investors are betting on a weakening dollar inspired by the world’s ongoing economic recovery from coronavirus.
Nevertheless, they remained concerned that the Fed could change its prevailing dovish monetary policy due to a robust economic rebound.
Fed Governor Lael Brainard’s noting of risks to both sides of the central bank’s goals gave a different signal that the Fed is gradually moving away from its excessively dovish stance. He retains the view that Fed expectations should be slowly built-in from here, barring any critical data blows this week, the note stated.
Comments from Brainard earlier in the week perceived dangers to both sides of the Fed’s goals allowed another signal that the Fed is slowly moving away from its highly dovish stance, the note added.
On Wednesday, the Fed stated that it plans to start deliberately selling a portfolio of corporate debt. It will be obtained through an emergency lending facility that began in 2020, indicating the beginning of policy change.
Investors now await critical U.S. economic data, including initial jobless claims, due later in the day, for clues on the economic outlook. Additional data comprise non-farm payrolls, published on Friday, which posted weaker-than-expected monthly hiring in April.