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There were no significant Euro-zone data releases on Wednesday which dampened market activity ahead of the New York open. The dollar overall maintained a firm tone with the Euro drifting weaker to lows around 1.1810 as commodity currencies also lost further ground. There was further caution ahead of Thursday’s ECB policy meeting with further speculation that the statement will have to take account of the more hawkish views on the council.

US job openings increased to a fresh record high of 10.93mn for July from a revised 10.19mn the previous month and well above market expectations of 10.00mn. The data maintained expectations of a very tight labour market, especially with the number of job openings higher than the number of registered unemployed.

The IBD consumer confidence index, however, dipped to a fresh 2021 low of 48.5 for August from 53.6, reinforcing some reservations surrounding consumer spending.

The Euro briefly dipped lower in early US trading before a tentative recovery into the European close. New York Federal Reserve President Williams stated that it could be appropriate to start reducing the pace of asset purchases this year, but he wants to see further improvement in the labour market and there is still a long way to go before getting back to full employment. Dallas head Kaplan stated that the delta variant is having a negative impact on the travel and leisure sectors. Nevertheless, he noted that he wants to start the process of slowing asset purchases at the earliest opportunity. Supply-side issues will continue to cause important distortions in the short term increasing the threat of market volatility. Overall, the dollar edged higher on Thursday with the Euro around 1.1820 ahead of the ECB decision.

 

JPY

 

US Treasuries were resilient ahead of Wednesday’s New York open with the dollar edging lower amid a lack of follow-through buying following the break above the 110.00 level against the Japanese currency. Treasury Secretary Yellen stated that the most likely outcome is that the cash would run out during October if there was no increase in the debt ceiling. The dollar was able to find support on approach to the 110.00 level and recovered into the European close.

The Federal Reserve Beige Book on economic activity stated that the growth in activity had slowed due to the delta variant and serious supply-side difficulties. The labour market remained very tight with upward pressure on wages and companies were looking to raise prices.

Japan will extend the state of emergency in Tokyo until the end of September, maintaining unease over underlying trends. Chinese CPI inflation data was slightly below expectations at 0.8%, but producer prices increased 9.5% over the year, the strongest rate of increase for 13 years. The dollar settled around 110.10 against the yen on Thursday with the Euro just above the 130.0 level as regional and global risk conditions remained less confident.

 

GBP

 

Sterling edged lower in early Europe on Wednesday with further reservations that higher tax rates would undermine the economic recovery. There was also speculation that the move to raise taxes would limit the scope for any Bank of England tightening which would sap Sterling support.

Sterling dipped to lows near 1.3725 against the dollar around the US open while the Euro again tested the 0.8600 resistance area.

In testimony to the Treasury Select Committee, Bank of England stated that he believed some tightening of monetary policy would be needed if the economy develops as expected. He also noted that the bank was seeing some short-term levelling off in the recovery and he did not think that inflation will be persistent. In Bailey’s view, minimum conditions for an interest rate increase had been met, but a hike was not warranted at this stage while the committee was split on the issue. Deputy Governor Broadbent added that labour-market pressure on inflation could persist while Ramsden noted that he will be monitoring the inflation data closely.

Sterling gradually recovered against the dollar with the Euro retreating to near 0.8580. The RICS house-price index eased to 73% for August from 77% as supply remained weak while there was further evidence of a very tight labour market. Sterling stalled on Thursday and traded around 1.3765 against the dollar.

 

CHF

 

The Swiss franc remained vulnerable in early Europe on Wednesday with a further lack of support for low-yield currencies. The Euro, however, was unable to break above the 1.0900 level against the franc which triggered a limited correction. In contrast, the dollar broke above the 0.9200 level.

National Bank member Zurbruegg reiterated that the Swiss franc is highly valued at current levels, maintain the potential for the central bank to intervene in the market to curb currency strength. The franc edged higher on Thursday with the Euro held below 1.0900, although the dollar held just above 0.9200.

 

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