Forexlive Americas FX news wrap: US dollar stumbles on softer data, Nasdaq breaks 2021 top


  • Gold up $40 to $2083
  • US 10-year yields down 6.8 bps to 4.18%
  • WTI crude oil up $1.51 to $79.78
  • S&P 500 up 0.8%, Nasdaq up 1.1%
  • Bitcoin up 2.1% to $62,750
  • AUD leads, JPY lags

Happy Friday. It certainly was for the market as a trio of soft second-tier US economic data releases combined to add a dose of dovishness to the market and send the Nasdaq above the 2021 high.

Before the data, some worry was creeping into the market and the US dollar was bid. Comments from Barkin struck a hawkish note and with Waller on the schedule after him, there was some worry about a hawkish turn. Instead, the ISM manufacturing, construction spending and final UMich numbers were all soft and the dollar sank. Then Waller limited his comments to the balance sheet and Goolsbee stayed dovish.

US 10-year Treasury yields fell 12 bps from the highs and broke the important 4.20% level. With that, I would have expect more US dollar selling but that might have been capped by turn-of-the-calendar or US equity buying. The euro and pound managed to recoup yesterday’s declines while the Australian dollar edged modestly above yesterday’s highs before stalling.

USD/JPY declined after the data and finished the week just above 150.00 in what’s going to be an intriguing month for the pair.

Gold closed at the highest level on record, at least spot gold did (futures were close). Oil got above $80 only to finish just below in what was a strong day for commodities.

Bitcoin was lackluster early despite the Nasdaq bid but caught up late to finish within striking distance of the highs of the week. Eyes will be on BTC on the weekend, where it’s generally languished since the ETFs emerged.


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