Aussie jumps on China reopening hopes By Reuters
Economy 44 minutes ago (Nov 29, 2022 10:36AM ET)
(C) Reuters. U.S. Dollar and Euro banknotes are seen in this illustration taken July 17, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration
By Karen Brettell
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Aussie bounced back on Tuesday as sentiment improved on hopes that China would reopen from COVID shutdowns that have increased fears about global growth, while the U.S. dollar dipped slightly against the euro and yen.
China will speed up COVID-19 vaccinations for elderly people, health officials said on Tuesday, aiming to overcome a key stumbling block in efforts to ease unpopular “zero-COVID” curbs.
“The reopening theme is coming back in China, so that’s supporting local equity markets and risk assets more broadly,” said Vassili Serebriakov, FX strategist at UBS in New York.
Risk appetite had worsened on Monday after protestors and police clashed over the stringent COVID restrictions.
Chinese authorities have begun inquiries into some of the people who gathered at weekend protests as police remained out in numbers on the city’s streets.
The risk sensitive Aussie dollar, which is strongly tied to Chinese growth, was the best performing major currency, rising 0.93% to $0.6715.
Federal Reserve interest rate policy is also in focus with Fed Chair Jerome Powell due to speak on Wednesday and jobs data for November due on Friday.
The dollar index has fallen to 106.65 from a 20-year high of 114.78 on Sept. 28 as investors look toward the U.S. central bank reaching a peak rate early next year with inflation pressures expected to subside.
“The broader picture here has been we had a sizable reversal in the dollar since the October CPI report, so that’s probably a symptom of Fed tightening fading as a force of dollar support as markets increasingly look for peak Fed policy early next year,” said Serebriakov.
The U.S. central bank is expected to hike rates by an additional 50 basis points when it meets on Dec. 13-14. Traders are pricing for the fed funds rate to peak at 4.99% in June, before falling back to 4.61% by Dec. 2023.
Euro zone inflation data due on Wednesday is also in focus after data showed inflation in Spain and Germany came in below expectations.
European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde said on Monday that euro zone inflation had not peaked and it risked turning out even higher than currently expected, hinting at a series of interest rate hikes ahead.
The euro rose 0.04% against the U.S. currency to $1.0344. The greenback dipped 0.13% to 138.72 Japanese yen.
Currency bid prices at 9:42AM (1442 GMT)
Description RIC Last U.S. Close Pct Change YTD Pct High Bid Low Bid
Dollar index 106.6500 106.6200 +0.04% 11.485% +106.8100 +106.0500
Euro/Dollar $1.0344 $1.0340 +0.04% -9.01% +$1.0395 +$1.0325
Dollar/Yen 138.7200 138.9050 -0.13% +20.51% +139.3450 +137.8900
Euro/Yen 143.49 143.64 -0.10% +10.11% +144.0200 +143.0400
Dollar/Swiss 0.9529 0.9489 +0.44% +4.48% +0.9544 +0.9461
Sterling/Dollar $1.1968 $1.1958 +0.13% -11.47% +$1.2063 +$1.1955
Dollar/Canadian 1.3544 1.3496 +0.36% +7.12% +1.3557 +1.3409
Aussie/Dollar $0.6715 $0.6653 +0.93% -7.62% +$0.6749 +$0.6641
Euro/Swiss 0.9858 0.9811 +0.48% -4.93% +0.9871 +0.9814
Euro/Sterling 0.8640 0.8647 -0.08% +2.85% +0.8652 +0.8608
NZ $0.6213 $0.6161 +0.91% -9.18% +$0.6253 +$0.6162
Dollar/Norway 9.9800 10.0315 -0.80% +12.96% +10.0215 +9.9395
Euro/Norway 10.3185 10.3508 -0.31% +3.05% +10.3730 +10.3045
Dollar/Sweden 10.5391 10.5539 -0.04% +16.87% +10.5637 +10.4797
Euro/Sweden 10.9013 10.9054 -0.04% +6.52% +10.9215 +10.8826
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