Dollar remains strong as global risk appetite remains infected
February 21, 2020
EUR/USD 1.0807 GBP/USD 1.2933 USD/CAD 1.3256 AUD/USD 0.6603 USD/JPY 111.90 USD/CNH 7.0442 USD/ILS 3.4212 USD/MXN 19.0082 USD/CHF 0.9813 USD/INR 71.6612
USDThe US dollar held near a four-month high as investors stay in haven assets. Gold climbed as much as 1.1% to 1,646 an ounce – the highest level since 2013. In the US, the democratic party nominee race continues to dominate headlines. US manufacturing, services and composite PMI will be released this morning.GBP
The pound recovered slightly after upbeat UK manufacturing PMI for February indicated growth in the sector. Brexit and coronavirus fears will continue to direct the GBP/USD currency pair.EUR
The euro gained slightly after eurozone manufacturing PMI came in ahead of expectations. German export orders missed expectations as manufacturers show worry about the virus’s impacts on supply chains. An early rise in the euro was short-lived, as the rising number of virus cases in South Korea dampened global risk appetite.CAD
The Canadian dollar is trading sideways in the face of overall US dollar dominance. Canada’s Retail Sales for December will be released today.ASIA/PACIFIC
The yen advanced to reverse two days of losses after BoJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said the central bank won’t hesitate to act if the coronavirus begins to impact the economy – but also cited that action is not yet required.
The Australian dollar slipped 0.3% versus the US currency to its lowest level since 2009 following news that a composite PMI dropped to 48.3.