Dollar bounces after sharp selloff, weak data hurts euro

By Karen Brettell

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar gained on Tuesday as a sharp selloff last week was seen as overdone in the short term, while the euro was dented by weak German data and the Australian dollar slid after the country’s central bank raised interest rates but hinted the hike was the last of the current tightening cycle.

The Japanese yen also weakened back above 150 against the greenback, a level that has kept traders on edge in recent weeks as they look for signs of intervention from Tokyo.

The dollar index which tracks the U.S. unit against six main peers, was up 0.26% at 105.52. It fell 1.4% last week, its steepest weekly decline since mid-July.

“This dollar bounce we’re having yesterday and today is really a correction to what happened last week, which I would say was a one-two punch between the Fed and the jobs data,” said Marc Chandler, chief market strategist at Bannockburn Global Forex in New York.

The U.S. currency dropped last week after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell took a more dovish tone than expected at the conclusion of the U.S. central bank’s two-day policy meeting on Wednesday, when it left interest rates unchanged.

A softer-than-expected U.S. jobs report on Friday added to the dollar’s weakness.

“If you look at the percentage of currencies that have been down versus the dollar over the last 26 weeks, it was approaching 100%, and data also showed very long dollar positioning … So we got a reversal of some of those positions triggered by the jobs report,” said Chester Ntonifor, foreign exchange strategist at BCA Research.

Traders are now pricing in only a slim chance of a further interest rate increase by the Fed and see three 25-basis-point rate cuts by next November.

As the U.S. economy slows, the dollar may also see further weakness.

Data next week is expected to show softening consumer price inflation and a decline in retail sales, which “feeds into the headwinds that people are talking about – the resumption of student loans, higher interest rates biting the consumer,” Chandler said.

“The dollar’s rally, especially since July, was fueled by a divergence and now we’re going to get convergence – but not because of good news from overseas, but more because we’re getting worse news from the U.S.,” he added.

This week investors are also focused on comments from Fed officials including Powell, who is due to speak on Wednesday and Thursday.

Fed Governors Christopher Waller and Michelle Bowman both noted the third quarter’s “blowout” growth, at an annualized 4.9% rate, in comments on Tuesday.

Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari also said that the U.S. central bank may have to do more to bring inflation back down to its 2% target, while Chicago Fed President Austan Goolsbee said the Fed has made significant inroads in its battle to bring down price pressures.

The euro fell 0.20% to $1.0695 after data showed a larger-than-expected fall in German industrial production in September.

“The data comes after the German manufacturing PMI showed a deep contraction in October and suggests that the sector remains under pressure, acting as a drag on the German economy,” said Fiona Cincotta, senior financial market analyst at City Index.

The Australian dollar fell sharply after the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) raised interest rates by 25 basis points to combat stubborn inflation, as expected, but indicated that further tightening was unlikely.

The Australian currency was last down 0.88% at $0.6431 and is on course for its biggest one-day percentage decline in a month. It reached a three-month high of $0.6523 on Monday.

The U.S. dollar gained 0.25% to 150.43 Japanese yen.

The yen softened to 151.74 per dollar last week, edging closer to October 2022 lows that spurred several rounds of dollar-selling intervention.


Currency bid prices at 3:00PM (2000 GMT)

Description RIC Last U.S. Close Pct Change YTD Pct High Bid Low Bid

Previous Change


Dollar index 105.5200 105.2700 +0.26% 1.962% +105.7700 +105.2500

Euro/Dollar $1.0695 $1.0717 -0.20% -0.18% +$1.0720 +$1.0665

Dollar/Yen 150.4300 150.0700 +0.25% +14.74% +150.6850 +149.9500

Euro/Yen 160.87 160.82 +0.03% +14.66% +161.0300 +160.4400

Dollar/Swiss 0.9003 0.8994 +0.09% -2.64% +0.9018 +0.8990

Sterling/Dollar $1.2295 $1.2339 -0.33% +1.69% +$1.2346 +$1.2264

Dollar/Canadian 1.3760 1.3700 +0.44% +1.56% +1.3782 +1.3695

Aussie/Dollar $0.6431 $0.6489 -0.88% -5.64% +$0.6501 +$0.6405

Euro/Swiss 0.9627 0.9638 -0.11% -2.71% +0.9647 +0.9611

Euro/Sterling 0.8695 0.8677 +0.21% -1.68% +0.8703 +0.8678

NZ $0.5936 $0.5964 -0.41% -6.47% +$0.5965 +$0.5913


Dollar/Norway 11.1890 11.0600 +1.18% +14.02% +11.2260 +11.0720

Euro/Norway 11.9669 11.8429 +1.05% +14.04% +11.9892 +11.8360

Dollar/Sweden 10.9258 10.9127 -0.02% +4.98% +10.9633 +10.8796

Euro/Sweden 11.6862 11.6889 -0.02% +4.81% +11.7124 +11.6564

(Reporting by Karen Brettell; Additional reporting by Alun John in London and Ankur Banerjee in Singapore; Editing by Paul Simao and Mark Heinrich)