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Dollar Recovers Early Losses on Strong U.S. Economic Reports

Barchart - Thu Feb 22, 9:47AM CST

The dollar index (DXY00) this morning recovered from a 2-1/2 week low and is up +0.09%.  The dollar moved higher on signs of strength in the U.S. economy, which was hawkish for Fed policy.  Weekly U.S. jobless claims unexpectedly fell to a 5-week low, and the Feb S&P manufacturing PMI expanded at the strongest pace in 17 months.  The dollar initially moved lower as a sharp rally in stocks reduced liquidity demand for the dollar. 

U.S. weekly initial unemployment claims unexpectedly fell -12,000 to a 5-week low of 201,000, showing a stronger labor market than expectations of an increase to 216,000.

The U.S. Jan Chicago Fed national activity index fell -0.32 to -0.30, weaker than expectations of -0.21.

The U.S. Feb S&P manufacturing PMI rose +0.8 to a 17-month high of 51.5, stronger than expectations of no change at 50.7.

U.S. Jan existing home sales rose +3.1% to a 5-month high of 4.00 million, stronger than expectations of 3.97 million.

The markets are discounting the chances for a -25 bp rate cut at 6% for the March 19-20 FOMC meeting and 29% for the following meeting on April 30-May 1.

EUR/USD (^EURUSD) this morning fell back from a 2-1/2 week high and is down -0.06%.  The euro gave up an early advance and turned lower as the dollar recovered from early losses and moved higher.  Also weighing on the euro was today’s news that the Eurozone Feb S&P manufacturing PMI unexpectedly declined. 

The euro initially moved higher today on Eurozone economic news showing as-expected Jan consumer prices and a jump in the Eurozone Feb S&P composite PMI to an 8-month high.  Also, the account of the Jan 30-31 ECB meeting was hawkish and supportive of the euro. 

Eurozone Jan CPI eased to +2.8% y/y from +2.9% y/y in Dec, right on expectations.  Jan core CPI of +3.3% y/y was unchanged from Dec, right on expectations.

The Eurozone Feb S&P manufacturing PMI unexpectedly fell -0.5 to 46.1, weaker than expectations of an increase to 47.0.

The Eurozone Feb S&P composite PMI rose +1.0 to an 8-month high of 48.9, stronger than expectations of 48.4.

The account of the ECB's Jan 24-25 policy meeting was hawkish as policymakers stated that the risk of cutting interest rates too early was seen as a bigger danger than cutting too late.

Swaps are pricing in the chances for a -25 bp rate cut by the ECB at 4% for its next meeting on March 7 and 32% for the following meeting on April 11.

USD/JPY (^USDJPY) this morning is up by +0.17%.  Higher T-note yields today are pressuring the yen.  The yen is also weighed down by weakness in Japanese manufacturing activity that was dovish for BOJ policy after the Japan Feb Jibun Bank manufacturing PMI fell to a 3-1/2 year low.  Finally, today’s rally in the Nikkei Stock Index to a record high curbed safe-haven demand for the yen.

The Japan Feb Jibun Bank manufacturing PMI fell -0.8 to a 3-1/2 year low of 47.2.

Swaps are pricing in the chances for a +10 bp rate increase by the BOJ at 29% for its next meeting on March 19 and 78% for the following meeting on April 26.

April gold (GCJ4) this morning is down -3.60 (-0.18%), and Mar silver (SIH24) Is down -0.064 (-0.28%).  Precious metals this morning gave up an early advance and turned lower, with gold falling back from a 1-week high.  A recovery in the dollar weighed on metals prices after stronger-than-expected U.S. economic news bolstered speculation the Fed will delay cutting interest rates.  Also, the sharp rally in global equity markets today has reduced the safe-haven demand for precious metals. 

On the positive side, the ongoing geopolitical risks in the Middle East and Ukraine have boosted safe-haven demand for precious metals.  Silver also garnered support today after the U.S. Jan existing home sales rose +3.1% to a 5-month high, and the Feb S&P manufacturing PMI rose to a 17-month high of 51.5, signaling strength in industrial metals demand. 



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