The dollar steadied in the lower half of an increasingly intransigent range on Monday, recovering from another round of disappointing data last week that undermined expectations of a rise in U.S. interest rates.
The greenback pared gains amid speculation it gained too much, too fast, and as U.S. Treasury yields fell. The currency jumped earlier as a private report showed U.S. companies added more than 200,000 workers for a sixth month.
Australia’s dollar fell below 90 U.S. cents for the first time since March, and Sweden’s krona declined after elections as prospects for U.S. interest-rate increases next year boosted the greenback’s allure.
The dollar strengthened to a 14-month high and commodities declined to the lowest level in five years after data added to evidence China’s economy is slowing. Russia’s ruble weakened to a record after the European Union and U.S. imposed new economic sanctions.
Since late March, AUDUSD(CME:ADZ4) has been trapped in a tight range between support at .9200 and resistance at .9500. Over that time period however, the price action has carved out a large head-and-shoulders pattern.