Another week of pressure for the Greenback despite some positive movement towards a new U.S. administration and better-than-expected economic / sentiment updates from the U.S. and vaccine news.
Positive risk sentiment and continued massive stimulus measure continues to be the main driver for the Greenback’s weekly move lower.
United States Headlines and Economic data
The Dollar had been trading lower to start the week on positive global risk sentiment, once again sparked by more positive covid vaccine / therapy news (Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine shows an average 70% effectiveness in preventing the virus, FDA authorizes Regeneron’s Covid treatment for emergency use).
But better-than-expected U.S. flash manufacturing PMI (up from 53.4 to 56.7 vs. 52.5 forecast) and U.S. flash services PMI (up from 56.9 to 57.7 vs. 55.8 forecast) were the catalysts for that broad spike higher in the Greenback during the U.S. trading session.
The Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) was +0.83 in October, up from +0.32 in September. The three-month moving average fell to +0.75 in October from +1.37 in September.
Fed’s Evans sees no rate hikes until late 2023, maybe 2024 – “inflation in his view is unlikely to reach 2% until late 2022 or even 2023”
Yellen would need Congress to approve use of clawed-back Fed loan funds, Treasury says – the Trump administration recently took back $455 billion meant for pandemic support.
U.S. Goods-Trade Gap Widens as Imports Rise to Highest in a Year – “The shortfall grew to $80.3 billion from $79.4 billion in September, according to Commerce Department data released Wednesday. The median estimate by economists in a Bloomberg survey was for a negative balance of $80.4 billion. Imports rose by 2.2% to $206.3 billion, the highest since September 2019, while exports increased 2.8% to $126 billion.”
U.S. Durable Goods Orders Expand Faster Than Expected in October – “Bookings for durable goods — items meant to last at least three years — increased 1.3% from the prior month, according to a Commerce Department report Wednesday that exceeded estimates in a Bloomberg survey that had called for a 0.8% rise. The September reading was revised up to a 2.1% increase.”
The U.S. was on holiday for the session, so no major news or economic events of note, and volatility was relatively low in the Greenback.
President Donald Trump says he will leave White House if Electoral College votes for Joe Biden – “Biden won the election with 306 Electoral College votes — many more than the 270 required — to Trump’s 232, and the electors are scheduled to meet on Dec. 14 to formalize the outcome.”