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The dollar popped higher before settling ahead of tomorrow's release of the March payrolls report. EUR-USD dove to 1.0718, just over 50 pips down on the intraday high before finding a toehold above yesterday's low at 1.0712. USD-JPY, meanwhile, steamed back above 120.00 after dipping to a low of 119.42 in Tokyo, and Cable fell to a 12-day low at 1.4739, despite above-forecast UK manufacturing PMI data.
EUR-USD lifted to the upper 1.07s in pre-European trade in Asia, despite Fed hawk Lacker saying that there is a strong case for June hike, although there is no pre-set timetable, and from Fed's George, also a hawk, who said that it's time for the Fed to talk about rates lift-off. Grexit concerns also very much remain in the background. Overall, this backdrop should inhibit upside potential for EUR-USD. On the flipside, we neither don't feel too bearish as March U.S.
The dollar was mixed overall in light FX trade in N.Y. on Tuesday. Month and quarter end positioning had largely run its course, leaving the market rather listless. EUR-USD peaked at 1.0776 before easing back under 1.0730, where it spend most of the session. USD-JPY moved inside a narrow range on either side of 120.00, while USD-CAD faded toward 1.2650 following better Canadian GDP data. On the data calendar, home prices were steady, as consumer confidence and Chicago PMI rose.
Analysts and investors cheered when the US economy grew 5% in 3Q14. Finally, it seemed, the pace of economic growth had hit “escape velocity” – a level at which the macro level of economic growth no longer required fiscal or monetary stimulus. But with a headline number of 2.2% in 2Q14, overall GDP growth quickly returned to its previous slower levels. And since the first of the year several economic numbers have been disappointing. While no one is arguing a recession is on the way, there is just enough negativity in the numbers to ra
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