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US Dollar Rallies Following Robust Services Sector Data

A Surge in the Greenback Amid Economic Fluctuations

NEW YORK/MILAN: The U.S. dollar experienced an upswing on Wednesday, spurred by unexpectedly strong data from the services sector, underscoring the ongoing uncertainties regarding the Federal Reserve’s anticipated easing cycle later this year.

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) revealed that its nonmanufacturing purchasing managers index (PMI) climbed to 53.8 in May from April’s 49.4. This figure, the highest since August, surpassed all predictions from a Reuters poll of 59 economists, who had projected a median expectation of 50.8.

The economy isn’t plummeting as the April data suggested,” remarked Marc Chandler, chief market strategist at Bannockburn Forex in New York. “The previous month’s figures exaggerated the economy’s weakness.

The economy isn’t plummeting as the April data suggested,” remarked Marc Chandler, chief market strategist at Bannockburn Forex in New York. “The previous month’s figures exaggerated the economy’s weakness.

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Dollar Index and Market Reactions

By mid-morning trading, the dollar index had risen 0.3% to 104.41, recovering from Tuesday’s low of 103.99, the lowest since April 9. The euro, a major component of the dollar index, fell after the ISM data release, dropping 0.1% to $1.0865.

Investors now eagerly await the European Central Bank (ECB) meeting on Thursday, with widespread expectations for a reduction in the deposit rate from the record high of 4%.

Central Bank Moves: A Global Perspective

Earlier in the session, the Bank of Canada (BOC) reduced interest rates by 25 basis points to 4.75%, marking its first cut in four years. The bank indicated potential further easing if inflation continued to subside. Consequently, the U.S. dollar climbed 0.4% to C$1.3729.

Analysts predict the Bank of England (BoE) will follow the ECB and BOC’s lead in its upcoming meeting, scheduled for two weeks from now. Meanwhile, the Swiss National Bank, which began easing in March, might ease further this month following stable inflation in May.

US Private Payrolls and Job Market Dynamics

Earlier data indicated that U.S. private payrolls increased by 152,000 in May, less than expected, with April’s numbers revised down to 188,000, according to the ADP Employment report. Economists had anticipated a rise of 175,000 jobs. The dollar remained largely unaffected by this report.

Investors are also eyeing Friday’s nonfarm payrolls report, which is expected to show an addition of 185,000 jobs in May, based on a Reuters poll.

“The jobs data should still signal a robust labor market,” noted Chandler from Bannockburn. “Despite the JOLTS (Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey) data, it doesn’t suggest a significant slowdown in the labor market, unlikely to alter rate expectations.”

Currency Movements: Yen, Peso, and Rupee

The dollar surged 0.9% against the yen to 156.33, reversing Tuesday’s gains driven by investors unwinding bets in emerging markets. Japanese real wages fell for the 25th consecutive month in April as inflation outpaced nominal pay increases. On Tuesday, Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Ryozo Himino stressed the need to be “very vigilant” about the economic and inflationary impact of the currency’s weakness. Although investors foresee potential tightening by the BOJ, it might not be sufficient to bolster the yen.

India’s rupee rebounded

Emerging markets showed signs of stabilization after recent volatility. The Mexican peso strengthened, with the dollar falling 1.5% to 17.580 pesos. Mexico’s ruling left-wing Morena party secured re-election, potentially enabling a coalition with two-thirds majorities in both congressional chambers. Some analysts believe expectations of increased government control over the economy have pressured the peso.

India’s rupee rebounded from a seven-week low against the dollar. Election results revealed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s return to power came with a narrower margin than anticipated. The dollar was last down 0.2% against the rupee at 83.372.

Detailed Currency Bid Prices as of June 5, 2:40 PM GMT

CurrencyRICLast U.S. ClosePct ChangeYTD Pct ChangeHighLow
Dollar Index104.26104.150.12%2.85%104.45104.12
NZ Dollar/Dollar0.61870.61770.19%-2.07%0.61980.6171

The currency market remains highly dynamic, influenced by a confluence of economic indicators, central bank policies, and geopolitical events. As investors navigate these waters, the interplay of data releases and central bank decisions will continue to shape the landscape.


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