Dollar regains footing as yields rise, Fed outlook weighed | Inquirer Business

Dollar regains footing as yields rise, Fed outlook weighed

/ 02:35 PM April 19, 2023

TOKYO  – The dollar steadied on Wednesday after seesawing along with bond market volatility in recent sessions, as investors scrutinized U.S. economic indicators, Federal Reserve commentary and corporate earnings for clues about the path for interest rates.

The dollar index, which gauges the greenback against six major peers, ticked up 0.09 percent to 101.81 in Asian trading, following a 0.36-percent slide on Tuesday that reversed the 0.54 percent rally of the session  before. On Friday, the index had dipped to a one-year low at 100.78.

U.S. two-year Treasury yields, which are extremely sensitive to Fed expectations, reached an almost one-month high of 4.231 percent overnight and remained elevated in Tokyo trading on Wednesday.


The dollar-yen pair, which tends to track U.S. yields, added 0.19 percent to 134.35 yen per dollar, recovering from a 0.29 percent retreat on Tuesday.


St. Louis Fed chief James Bullard told Reuters in an interview that he leans toward 75 bps of additional tightening, versus market consensus for one more 25 bp hike next month and then the potential for as many as two quarter-point cuts later this year.

By contrast, Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic said in an interview with CNBC that he expects just one more quarter point hike, followed by an extended pause.

“The market is pretty much resigned to a 25 bps hike at the May meeting, so it’s more the ebb and flow of expectations about rate cuts this year that’s causing U.S. bond market volatility,” said Ray Attrill, head of foreign-exchange strategist at National Australia Bank.

“It’s the volatility in the bond market that’s driving the dollar, not the other way round.”

The dollar’s decline on Tuesday was also spurred by reduced demand for its safety after what Attrill called “blockbuster” Chinese economic growth data that day, which in turn buoyed Australia’s risk-sensitive currency.

The Aussie was about flat at $0.6730 on Wednesday, following a 0.41 percent rally in the prior session.


The euro eased slightly to $1.0967 after Tuesday’s 0.42 percent rise. Sterling slipped a touch to $1.2420 following the previous day’s 0.38 percent advance.

The dollar index last year culminated a breathless 16-month surge by hitting a two-decade high of 114.78 at the end of September, which was followed by a steep, steady retreat until the start of February.

It then bounced as a banking crisis ignited worries of a global recession, reaching a three-month peak in early March.

However, bank earnings from recent days have proved robust overall, and bond yields have recovered strongly from multi-month lows reached last month.

“A key driving force that used to support the broad USD -i.e., weakening global growth – has been fading, if not neutralized,” HSBC analysts wrote in a client note.

“Its decline is likely to be larger than some may think.”

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