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Dollar dips, consolidating gains ahead of Yellen speech
November 21, 2017 / 12:51 AM / a month ago

Dollar dips, consolidating gains ahead of Yellen speech

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The dollar turned broadly lower on Tuesday, moving in line with declining U.S. 10-year Treasury yields and retracing gains from Monday in light trading ahead of Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday in the United States.

U.S. Dollar banknotes are seen in a box at the Money Service Austria company's headquarters in Vienna, Austria, November 16, 2017. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

With limited data this week and the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve’s November meeting and a speech from Fed Chair Janet Yellen expected in the next 24 hours, analysts said investors were seeking to even their books after dollar strength the previous session.

“It’s just a lot of consolidation in the market,” said Kathy Lien, managing director at BK Asset Management. “The dollar is just marking its time.”

The euro edged up 0.1 percent to $1.1740. The single currency registered its biggest one-day fall since Oct. 26 on Monday but investors then looked beyond Germany’s political impasse to focus on the euro zone’s still-robust economy.

“The worst-case scenario is that the German political process will take a little more time to resolve, but markets are not expecting anything extraordinary to come out of this and the bigger picture is that the economy is performing well,” said Commerzbank currency strategist Esther Reichelt in Frankfurt.

Bundles of 50 Euro banknotes move along a conveyer belt at the Money Service Austria company's headquarters in Vienna, Austria, November 16, 2017. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel raised the prospect on Monday of a new election after talks on forming a three-way coalition collapsed.

The dollar fell 0.2 percent against the yen JPY= to 112.43 yen and 0.15 percent against the Swiss franc CHF= to 0.9918 franc, but remained largely within its trading ranges from the previous session against both currencies.

The move reflected the strong correlation the currency pairs have had with 10-year Treasury notes more than a prevailing sense of risk aversion, said Marc Chandler, chief global currency strategist at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.

The 10-year note was yielding 2.36 percent, modestly lower than its Monday afternoon levels US10YT=RR

“I‘m not sure we needed a fresh reason to take the 10-year down,” Chandler said. “It’s more of an issue of why should we be looking for dramatically higher yields? Growth in the U.S. is firm and continues to be above trend, but with no real inflation to speak of.”

The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six major rivals, fell 0.1 percent to 93.970 .DXY, but remained within sight of an overnight peak of 94.104, its highest since Nov. 14.

Reporting by Dion RabouinEditing by Chizu Nomiyama

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