Dollar is steady as markets focus on earnings, Fed

The dollar is steady in a relatively calm market. Investors have paused and refocused their attention from the coronavirus to US corporate earnings and today’s policy update from the Fed. Earnings reports from GE, Boeing and Facebook are released today and the Fed is expected to hold rates steady. Equities are poised to open higher and bond yields slightly lower.

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    The dollar is fairly steady to slightly higher in relatively quiet markets. At least for the moment, traders' attention seems to have moved from the coronavirus to earnings and the Fed. Equity futures are poised to open higher and US Treasury 10-year yields slipped to 1.63%.


    The pound moved lower for the fifth straight day, but holds above $1.30. Traders are focused on tomorrow’s Bank of England rate decision, where speculation grows for a rate cut amid fears that the UK will crash out of the EU at year-end.



    The euro dropped near $1.10 and close to 3-month lows, despite an upbeat forecast from the German government on economic growth, which they expect to expand 1.1% in 2020. Eurozone PPI y/o/y at -2.1% was actually better than the expected -2.4%.

    After reaching its highest level in over a month, the USD/CAD currency pair has settled into narrow trading below 1.3200. Higher oil prices had little impact. All eyes are on the Fed meeting later today. 

    China is working to control the coronavirus outbreak as the death toll has risen to 132. The CNY is holding near 6.91, even as Chinese equities fell by nearly 3%. Asian EM assets and currencies are under pressure.

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Scott Petruska, CFA
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