Markets steady ahead of Friday's jobs data
Financial markets steadied as they await Friday’s US jobs data for August that has the potential to influence Fed members’ and market participants’ expectations for Fed policy tightening. The dollar is slightly lower than yesterday’s close, the antipodes currencies - AUD and NZD - were outperformers. Asian and European equities were mostly in the green, helping US equities open higher. US Treasury 10-Yr yields are fairly steady at 1.29%, with oil and gold prices steady at $69.11 per barrel and $1,812 per oz., respectively.
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September 2, 2021
EUR/USD 1.1860 GBP/USD 1.3814 USD/CAD 1.2599 AUD/USD 0.7408 USD/JPY 109.98 USD/CNH 6.4569 USD/ILS 3.2082 USD/MXN 19.9331 USD/CHF 0.9156 USD/INR 73.0688 USD/BRL 5.1951 USD/SGD 1.3432 USD/DKK 8.2693 USD/SEK 8.5876 USD/NOK 8.6488
The US dollar index edged lower overnight: AUD and NZD outperformers; the Swiss franc and Israeli shekel underperformers. Markets await Friday’s jobs data, which may influence the Fed’s decision on tapering this fall.GBP
The pound gained a little overnight amid the broadly weaker dollar. There was no news to influence markets today, but tomorrow’s Purchasing Manager’s (PMI) data for August will be important.EUR
The euro fluctuated in a narrow range overnight, EUR/USD trading between $1.1835-57, but still trending higher for the past two weeks after dropping to a low of $1.1665 mid-August. Eurozone inflation figures were much higher than expected, Producer Price Index for July was 2.3% MoM and 12.1% YoY compared to expectations of 1.8% and 11.1%, respectively.CAD
The Canadian dollar edged higher versus the dollar this morning despite bearish news that Canada’s Building Permits fell by 3.9% versus a gain of 1.5% expected. Also, the country’s international trade surplus shrank by more than expected. Traders look forward to the next Bank of Canada meeting on September 8.ASIA/PACIFIC
The AUD and NZD were the top performers overnight, but gained only 0.35% and 0.34%, respectively.
The Chinese yuan held steady, as traders await next week’s full docket of economic data releases for China.
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