By Gina Lee
Investing.com – The greenback was up, however remained under a two-month excessive, on Tuesday morning in Asia. Traders now await U.S. employment information that would decide when the U.S. Federal Reserve will withdraw its stimulus measures.
The U.S. Dollar Index that tracks the dollar in opposition to a basket of different currencies inched up 0.08% to 91.948 by 12:54 AM ET (4:54 AM GMT).
The USD/JPY pair inched down 0.05% to 110.56.
Nonetheless, the greenback continued its retreat from the excessive of 92.408 seen on Jun. 18, the week when the Fed stunned buyers with the sudden hawkish tone in its policy decision. Fed officers have since centered on whether or not upcoming information will advantage asset tapering and rate of interest hikes, with Fed Chairman Jerome Powell saying in the course of the earlier week that selections wouldn’t be primarily based simply the "concern" of inflation and can encourage a "broad and inclusive" job market restoration.
Traders now await the U.S. job report, together with non-farm payrolls, for June, due on Friday. The U.S. may also launch its Conference Board (CB) Consumer Confidence index later within the day and the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) on Thursday.
The safe-haven greenback and yen benefited from rising demand because the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to unfold in Asia and elsewhere. In Europe, the euro was at $1.19210, in a transfer again to the two-and-a-half-month low of $1.8470 hit on Jun. 18.
"The market had been positioned lengthy of the euro on optimism relating to the vaccine catch-up commerce within the area however forecasts that the Delta variant of COVID-19 may unfold by way of Europe in the summertime months may now be undermining confidence on this commerce," Rabobank strategist Jane Foley stated in a report, which additionally lower a one-month euro forecast from $1.2 to $1.19.
"Assuming the U.S. information stays broadly supportive, we anticipate the greenback to grind reasonably larger in opposition to the euro by way of the course of the yr,” the report added.
The riskier Australian greenback was largely unchanged, after falling 0.3% at first of the week, even because the cities of Sydney, Perth, Darwin and Brisbane re-entered lockdown to curb the newest unfold of COVID-19 within the nation.
Throughout the Tasman Sea, the New Zealand greenback additionally steadied as Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) Governor Adrian Orr delivered a speech.
"We anticipate the RBNZ to start out tightening financial coverage a couple of yr earlier than the Fed, which is a tailwind for the NZD… the RBNZ is essentially the most hawkish central financial institution underneath our protection," CBA analyst Kim Mundy stated in a be aware.