05.02.2019: Investors regain risk appetite (USDX, USD/JPY, AUD/USD)
Investors are regaining risk appetite which gave an overnight boost to yields of US bonds and encouraged a rapid rally of the US dollar.
Its index rebounded to the highs of the previous week, having jumped above 95.90. The greenback’s rally was not disrupted by a meeting between Donald Trump and Jerome Powell.
They had an informal dinner at the White House, the central bank said in a statement. Fed’s leader and President Trump agreed to differ on monetary policy. Trump again targeted the Federal Reserve for four rate increases last year. Powell insisted that Fed’s further policy decisions would be adjusted for the US economic conditions. However, traders took no notice of this factor. Meanwhile, the US dollar is picking up steam.
In the Asian trade, the US currency also asserted its strength versus its Asian rival. The dollar/yen pair settled up at near 110.00. Today trading is subdued as many Asian market are closed for Lunar New Year holidays for much of the week.
At the same time, risky assets are winning favor with investors in the Asia-Pacific trade. The AUD/USD pair surged 40 pips after the Reserve Bank of Australia held rates at record lows at its first policy meeting of the year. Later, the pair made a correctional decline in light of downbeat retail sales in Australia.
Retail sales slumped 0.4% in December from a 0.5% gain in November. Economists had expected retail sales to be flat over the month. Retail sales edged up 0.1% in the fourth quarter, slower than in the previous one.
Nevertheless, the aussie is unlikely to lose ground in the short term. Analysts do not foresee major changes in trading instruments on Forex for a while.
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