Dollar steadies in calm before CPI and central bank storm

Dollar steadies in calm before CPI and central bank storm
Dollar steadies in calm before CPI and central bank storm
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By Tom Westbrook

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The dollar was firm on Tuesday leading in to the release of U.S. inflation data and the final Federal Reserve meeting of the year, with investors waiting to update interest rate outlooks.

A month ago, a small surprise to the downside unleashed a wave of bond-buying and dollar selling on the expectation that inflation had peaked. The U.S. figures, due at 1330 GMT, will test that assumption, while the Fed decision on Wednesday should provide some reasonably instant feedback from policymakers.

The dollar gained 0.8% on the yen on Monday and was steady at 137.70 yen through the Asia session on Tuesday. It also held onto gains versus the Australian dollar at $0.6759. [AUD/]

Economists polled by Reuters expect November core inflation to be steady at 0.3% month-on-month but see moderation in the annual pace, with headline prices seen 7.3% higher than a year earlier.

“A miss in either direction may get the markets to assume a follow-up reaction from the Fed,” said NatWest Markets’ head of economics and strategy, John Briggs.

The U.S. dollar has been supported by high and rising interest rate expectations as the Fed has hiked its benchmark funds rate to counter inflation, leaving the currency vulnerable to selling if inflation seems to be cooling.

The hovered at 105.01 on Tuesday, down from a 20-year high of 114.78 in late September.

Market projections for the peak in U.S. interest rates have also slipped, with futures pricing indicating the Fed funds rate – currently set between 3.75% and 4% – staying below 5%.

The Fed is widely expected to hike the funds rate by 50 basis points on Wednesday, a step down in pace after four consecutive 75 bp hikes.

The euro, meanwhile, was steady at $1.0539, as was sterling at $1.2268. The Swiss franc was at 0.9360 per dollar as traders eyed Thursday meetings of the European Central Bank, Bank of England and Swiss National Bank.

Like the Fed, all are expected to hike by 50 bps.

Later on Tuesday, British labour data is due, as well as surveys of German business conditions and sentiment.

The New Zealand dollar was steady at $0.6386. The slipped a bit on Monday as enthusiasm about China’s COVID-19 re-opening prospects started to waver, even though Hong Kong relaxed some of its restrictions. [CNY/]

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Currency bid prices at 0534 GMT

Description RIC Last U.S. Close Pct Change YTD Pct High Bid Low Bid

Previous Change

Session

Euro/Dollar

$1.0541 $1.0539 +0.00% +0.00% +1.0554 +1.0532

Dollar/Yen

137.6800 137.6700 +0.17% +0.00% +137.9600 +137.5600

Euro/Yen

145.14 145.04 +0.07% +0.00% +145.3200 +144.9100

Dollar/Swiss

0.9359 0.9363 -0.02% +0.00% +0.9368 +0.9354

Sterling/Dollar

1.2270 1.2274 -0.05% +0.00% +1.2290 +1.2254

Dollar/Canadian

1.3624 1.3633 -0.07% +0.00% +1.3644 +1.3613

Aussie/Dollar

0.6761 0.6747 +0.22% +0.00% +0.6774 +0.6740

NZ

Dollar/Dollar 0.6388 0.6384 +0.05% +0.00% +0.6405 +0.6375

All spots

Tokyo spots

Europe spots

Volatilities

Tokyo Forex market info from BOJ

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