The U.S. dollar held near a more than one-week low against a basket of major currencies on Monday as some traders who had taken bullish bets on the greenback took profits ahead of year- end, while the Canadian dollar fell on a dip in oil prices.
After a broad-based dip at the start of the U.S. session, the greenback has come storming back over the last few hours. Naturally, this has caused the earlier bounce in EUR/USD to fade, though USD/JPY hasn’t seen much a corresponding rally.
For more than a year now, commodity prices have been under pressure from the strong U.S. dollar and slowing global demand. This has made a huge dent in the balance sheet of many net exporters of resources, in turn weakening their currencies.