The U.S. dollar rally lost momentum during the week and recorded its third day of depreciation versus other major pairs. The U.S. dollar continues to gain versus emerging market currencies as more signs of a global growth slowdown appear. The US consumer price index (CPI) came in under expectations and raised concerns on how many rate hikes could the Fed get away with in 2018.
The U.S. dollar rally continues to gather steam as it appreciated against major pairs for a third week. The U.S. nonfarm payrolls (NFP) provided little support with a miss in both the headline job number and the much-anticipated wage growth component. The main takeaway from the jobs report was the drop in the employment rate from 4.1% last month to 3.9%.
The U.S. dollar had massive weekly gains against all majors. The release of the gross domestic product for the first quarter of 2018 beat expectations but did little for a dollar that had rallied all week. Dovish central bank rhetoric from the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan have increased the anticipation for the U.S. Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee on Wednesday, May 2 at 2:00 p.m. EDT.
The euro/U.S. dollar/U.S. dollar currency pair lost 0.34% during the last five days. The single currency is trading at 1.2288 as investors await the ECB to keep rates and quantitive easing unchanged on Thursday, April 26 at 8:30 am. Trade war fears and actual war concerns waned this week after putting downward pressure on the U.S. dollar.
The U.S. dollar lost against most majors even if it appreciated against safe-haven currencies on Friday. The Syrian conflict concerns faded at the end of the week and boosted the USD versus the JPY and the CHF. The release of the meeting notes from the March Federal Open Market Committee proved to be a positive for the American currency as the Fed was more hawkish than expected. Next up for the markets will be the release of retail sales data in the United States and the Bank of Canada (BoC) rate statements.