King Dollar flexed its muscles against a basket of major currencies during Tuesday’s trading session, as investors positioned ahead of Janet Yellen’s anticipated speech later in the day.
Dollar bulls seem to be making a return, following hawkish comments from the Federal Reserves’ William Dudley, on Monday. Dudley said that the central bank was still on track to gradually raise rates, because issues that suppress inflation are fading”. This was music to the ears of market players anticipating higher US rates. With last week’s hawkish FOMC statement and recent comments from Dudley, boosting hopes of the central bank taking action this year, the Dollar may remain supported in the short term.
Janet Yellen will be in the spotlight in Cleveland today, with investors closely scrutinizing her speech on Inflation, uncertainty and monetary policy, for further clues on rate hike timings this year. With the Dollar falling into the category of currencies that have become quite sensitive to monetary policy speculation, volatility may be on the cards before and after Yellen’s speech.
From a technical standpoint, the bearish trend on the Dollar Index is at risk of coming to an end, if bulls are able to secure control above 93.50.
Brexit season 4 set to punish Sterling
Sterling found itself vulnerable to heavy losses on Tuesday, as the Brexit uncertainty weighed heavily on the currency. A resurgent Dollar also complimented the downside pressure, with the GBPUSD trading towards 1.3430 as of writing. With the EU and Britain resuming the fourth round of the Brexit talks with fresh clashes, things could get messy and this may punish the British Pound. Although expectations of the Bank of England raising UK interest rates this year have heavily supported Sterling, Brexit developments and ongoing uncertainty are likely to limit upside gains.
From a technical standpoint, the current price action suggests that bulls are exhausted, with bears in control below 1.3500. Sustained weakness below 1.3500 should encourage a further decline towards 1.3350.
Commodity spotlight – Gold
A resurgent Dollar injected bearish investors with enough inspiration to send Gold back towards $1300 during Tuesday’s trading session.
The volatile combination of renewed geopolitical tensions and fluctuating rate hike expectations, have made Gold a battle ground for bulls and bears, which can be reflected in the erratic price action. Investors will direct their attention towards Yellen’s pending speech in Cleveland which may support rate hike expectations consequently pressuring the zero-yielding metal further. Sellers seem to be making a move with a breakdown back below $1300 encouraging a further decline towards $1280.
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