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Dollar edges back from four-month high as UK, EU PMIs calm nerves
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Dollar edges back from four-month high as UK, EU PMIs calm nerves

  • Euro zone business activity unexpectedly grew this month, a preliminary survey showed, but with much of Europe suffering a third wave of coronavirus infections and renewed lockdown measures, that may not last through April.
  • The PMI saw the dollar index pull back from a four-month high of 92.608 hit in early London trade, trading at the 92.454 mark around midday.
Published 24 Mar, 2021 08:23pm
Dollar dominates as hedge funds cut shorts on Treasury yield rise
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Dollar dominates as hedge funds cut shorts on Treasury yield rise

  • Turkey's shock weekend decision to replace its hawkish central bank governor also supported the dollar's safe-haven appeal.
  • Markets have been slow to catch on to the rising dollar theme in recent weeks as investors had bet that a global economic recovery would prompt buying of riskier currencies.
Updated 22 Mar, 2021 06:29pm
Dollar perched at 3-1/2 month highs on firmer US yields
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Dollar perched at 3-1/2 month highs on firmer US yields

  • After falling 4% in the last quarter of 2020, the dollar has strengthened by nearly 2.5% year-to-date as investors expect the broad rise in US bond yields to weigh on stretched equity valuations and boost demand for the US currency.
  • The dollar index stood at 92.30 against a basket of six major currencies, up 0.4%, its highest level since late-November.
Published 08 Mar, 2021 06:27pm
South Africa's rand edges up, focus on Powell's speech
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South Africa's rand edges up, focus on Powell's speech

  • With a light local data calendar this week, the rand's movements have been mainly driven by offshore events.
  • Policymakers are generally keeping to the sidelines but markets will be intrigued by comments from the Fed chairman at the WSJ webinar tonight.
Updated 04 Mar, 2021 09:53pm
Dollar index higher, Aussie gains on better risk sentiment
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Dollar index higher, Aussie gains on better risk sentiment

  • If you do see volatility the natural inclination is to take risk off the table, in this case it just basically means getting out of existing positions and the dollar shorts are extremely elevated at this point.
  • Short US dollar positions were last at $29.33 billion, according to data by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Published 02 Mar, 2021 09:33pm
Nigerian, Zambian, Kenyan currencies seen under pressure
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Nigerian, Zambian, Kenyan currencies seen under pressure

  • The naira is seen easing on the spot market after it fell 0.21% to 410.29 per dollar on Thursday.
  • The kwacha is likely to face continued pressure against the dollar going into next week due to heightened demand for hard currency amid limited inflows.
Published 25 Feb, 2021 05:51pm
Sterling rises above $1.40; long positions at one-year high
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Sterling rises above $1.40; long positions at one-year high

  • Sterling reached its highest levels since April 2018 when it crossed $1.40 on Friday. It has risen 2.6% against the dollar in 2021 and its rapid gains have led to talk of a possible correction.
  • Some 17.6 million people, over a quarter of the 67 million population, have now received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Published 22 Feb, 2021 05:47pm
South Africa's rand firmer on improving economy, global yield hunt
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South Africa's rand firmer on improving economy, global yield hunt

  • Crucially, it was the first time since early January the unit broke below the 14.50 technical resistance mark seen as a buy-target by traders.
  • "This is not going to change until we either get a diabolical budget from Mboweni (unlikely) or there is a global black swan event which throws us a curve ball."
Published 15 Feb, 2021 09:16pm
Nigerian naira eases 1.75pc on spot market to 410.50 per dollar
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Nigerian naira eases 1.75pc on spot market to 410.50 per dollar

  • The naira, which has been weakening on the over-the-counter spot and derivatives markets, dropped to a low of 403.29 naira on Thursday after reaching record intra-day lows since January.
  • The central bank did not agree with the need for additional exchange rate adjustment.
Published 12 Feb, 2021 06:05pm
Dollar rebound slows as FX markets hover near thresholds
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Dollar rebound slows as FX markets hover near thresholds

  • The euro hung just above a two-month low of $1.20 as the yen spent a second day around 105.
  • The dollar is up 1.3% this year as investors look to a widening disparity between the strength of the US and European pandemic recoveries.
Published 03 Feb, 2021 09:44pm
South African rand firms as investors chase higher yields
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South African rand firms as investors chase higher yields

  • South Africa has enjoyed slightly better bond investment inflows than other emerging markets, largely a function of the high yield on offer.
  • Sentiment has also been buoyed by South Africa receiving its first COVID-19 vaccines this week as it eases lockdown restrictions.
Published 03 Feb, 2021 09:12pm
Dollar drops in choppy trading, investors rebalance for month-end
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Dollar drops in choppy trading, investors rebalance for month-end

  • There's such a tug of war right now between the longer-term momentum_and the shorter-term term phenomenon of maybe a dollar short squeeze.
  • The dollar index against a basket of currencies is up 0.50% this month after falling more than 6% last year. It was last down 0.22% on the day at 90.46.
Published 28 Jan, 2021 09:28pm
Sterling eases off recent highs as vaccine optimism fades
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Sterling eases off recent highs as vaccine optimism fades

  • In this environment, everything is pointing towards refuge in the dollar, even if the moves are marginal in today's trading session.
  • The pound is not sheltered from this strong USD environment, despite the UK's aggressive rate of vaccine distribution, although it remains relatively robust against other G10 peers.
Published 28 Jan, 2021 08:58pm