Global stocks hit record highs on Wednesday, topping 2016's gains just two months into 2017, while the dollar rose before Federal Reserve minutes that will be scoured for clues about the next U.S. interest rate rise.
The dollar rose broadly on Tuesday after two Federal Reserve policymakers pointed to a potential U.S. interest rates rise next month, turning attention to the bullish fundamentals of the world's biggest economy.
There wasn’t much in the way of economic data today and U.S. stock markets are closed because of Presidents’ Day holiday. Stating the obvious here, but it has been a rather quiet and dull day in the markets. Things will hopefully pick up from Tuesday, although Wednesday is likely to be most important day of the week – certainly for the dollar – due to the release of the FOMC’s last meeting minutes.
European stocks rose on Monday, with gains in telecoms and banks offsetting a big fall in Unilever, while the dollar dipped as uncertainty over politics and the timing of a U.S. interest rate rise kept investors nervous.
Monetary policy guidance and strong U.S. data failed to provide another push higher for the greenback last week. Fed Chair Janet Yellen made a blunt statement in her testimony before Congress that it would be unwise to wait too long to tighten monetary policy.