12.03.2019: USD more sensitive to Brexit vote than to US inflation data (USD, DJIA, CAD)
Today’s macroeconomic statistics from the United States proved that those traders who took on cautious approach and did not hurry to buy US dollars made the right decision.
According to preliminary data, in February the US consumer prices rose at the slowest pace since September 2016. Analysts predicted that the inflation rate would remain at 1.6%, but the actual reading was at 1.5% on a yearly basis. Such a downbeat result can be a signal for the Federal Reserve to put rate hikes on hold. In facts, the Fed Chair and other bank’s officials have repeatedly spoken about the necessity to adopt a milder policy stance.
This news as well as other hints about leaving the interest rate unchanged triggered a rise in the stock market. The Dow Jones advanced to the level of 25,600 points.
At the same time, the US dollar index continued trading sideways near the level of 97.00 which was reached yesterday on the back of the positive US retail sales reports. The market activity is sluggish.
The reason is that traders are waiting for the outcome of the Parliamentary hearing in the UK regarding Brexit terms. This event will have a significant impact on the market sentiment and the further dynamics of the US dollar. In case the agreement is not reached again, the greenback will have a chance to gain ground.
Furthermore, the US dollar was trading lower against the Canadian dollar as well. The USD/CAD pair plunged to the level of 1.3380. Rising oil prices provided significant support to the loonie. The crude oil appreciated amid worries over shipments from Venezuela where the production was interrupted due to disruption in electricity supplies.
That is all for today. Tomorrow we will tell you about the result of the UK Parliamentary vote. Meanwhile, be careful in today’s trades. See you on our channel.
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