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USD nudges as traders see US rates peaking

July 13, 2023 at 10:40 am | Economic Affairs

July, 12(Agencies) — A bruised dollar was nudged lower still in Asia on Thursday, as traders took surprisingly slow US inflation as a signal US interest rate rises will be all but finished by month’s end.
Dollar had its worst session in five months overnight, falling more than 1% against the euro to its lowest in more than a year and notching even larger losses elsewhere.
The euro hit a fresh 15-month high of $1.1141 in early Asia trade and the yen, up 0.3% at 138.16 per dollar, was its strongest since mid-May.
US dollar index fell marginally to 100.47, its lowest since April 2022. The New Zealand dollar reached a two-month high of $0.6309 and the Aussie a three-week peak of $0.6796.
The moves were small, yet showed traders’ faith the dollar has further to fall.
The yuan touched a one-month high at 7.1604 to the dollar in offshore trade.
Sterling and Swiss franc were testing overnight highs. US core inflation came in at 0.2% in June against market expectations for 0.3%.
Headline annual CPI fell to 3% and has been dropping since hitting a peak at 9.6% a year earlier.
“Oversized CPI gains are receding into the distance, and the recent run of inflation data has been very benign,” said Steve Englander, head of global G10 currency research at Standard Chartered.

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