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This Week: Can US dollar hold firm?

We have a holiday-shortened week in US markets owing to the Thanksgiving holiday which starts on Thursday.

Still, that doesn’t mean the week will be devoid of potentially market-moving events:


Monday, November 21

  • CNH: China loan prime rates  
  • EUR: Germany October PPI

Tuesday, November 22

  • AUD: RBA Governor Philip Lowe speech
  • EUR: Euro area November consumer confidence
  • USD: US November Richmond Fed manufacturing index
  • S&P 500: Speeches by Cleveland Fed President Loretta and St. Louis Fed President James Bullard
  • CAD: Canada September retail sales

Wednesday, November 23

  • AUD: Australia November PMIs
  • NZD: Reserve Bank of New Zealand rate decision
  • EUR: Eurozone November PMIs
  • GBP: UK November PMIs
  • USD: FOMC minutes of November meeting, weekly jobless claims, November PMIs and consumer sentiment
  • US crude: EIA weekly oil inventory report

Thursday, November 24

  • EUR: Germany November IFO business climate, ECB minutes of October meeting
  • SEK: Sweden’s Riksbank rate decision
  • US markets closed for the Thanksgiving holiday

Friday, November 25

  • NZD: New Zealand November consumer confidence index, 3Q retail sales
  • JPY: Tokyo November CPI
  • EUR: Germany 3Q GDP (final)
  • US markets close early


Fed officials have continued to suggest there is more work to be done in ensuring the battle against multi-decade-high inflation is won, despite the recent cooler-than-expected US inflation report that’s been seen as a gift for stock market bulls.

It seems the FOMC would prefer to do too much rather than too little regarding rate hikes.

We should hear more on this theme this week, either from fresh policy clues contained within the incoming meeting minutes from the FOMC’s November meeting, or from the slew of Fed officials’ speeches on the wires.

Recall that the FOMC’s November policy statement was initially interpreted as dovish, before Fed Chair Powell came in strong with his hawkish messaging.

If markets get the sense that the FOMC’s leaning is more dovish than Powell lets on, that could undermine the US dollar’s relative stability of late.

The dollar index, which tracks the currency against a basket of six of its peers, has stabilised recently after falling by as much as 6.9% earlier this month.

Can US dollar hold firm?

Market consensus remains that the Fed will raise rates by 50bps at its final meeting of the year in mid-December. That would end the run of four straight jumbo-sized 0.75% rate increases.

We don’t get any top tier data from the US this week, with the next major focus being the November US non-farm payrolls report on December 2nd ahead of the inflation data on December 13th.

Perhaps the larger move for DXY may have to wait until such larger catalysts arrive.



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