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The American dollar finished the day with gains against most major rivals, although price action was choppy across the FX market. The greenback rallied after the US annual Consumer Price Index printed at 8.3%, higher than the 8.1% anticipated. The monthly figure was up 0.3% against the 0.2% expected. Finally, the annual core CPI hit 6.2%, slightly below the previous 6.5%, but above the 6% expected. Investors were hoping for confirmation inflation would have peaked, but such numbers hint at a long battle ahead to tame price pressures.
Stocks plunged with the news and managed to turn green afterwards, although the positive tone was short-lived. US indexes closed the day in the red. US government bond yields ended the day down amid demand for safety, with the 10-year Treasury note yielding 2.92% at the close.
The EUR/USD pair trades around 1.0520, weighed by central banks’ imbalance. The European Central Bank has decided to catch up with the rest of major central banks. President Christine Lagarde hinted the central bank could hike rates as soon as July as inflation continues to rise. Also, ECB’s Governor Madis Muller noted that the stimulus program known as APP should end in July, while a hike must not be far behind. Another Governing Council Member, Francois Villeroy, added that the central bank would start hiking this summer.
GBP/USD plunged to the 1.2240 price zone, its lowest since May 2020. The Pound was hit by Brexit woes as the EU announced it would suspend its post-Brexit trade deal with the UK if the UK unilaterally revokes the Northern Ireland Protocol
Meanwhile, the European Commission keeps discussing an embargo on Russian oil imports. The main issue is Hungary’s dependence on Russian supplies.
AUD/USD is down, trading at around 0.6930, while USD/CAD stands at around 1.3000. The Japanese yen appreciated against the greenback, with USD/JPY ending the day at 129.85.
Commodities posted modest intraday advances. Gold is trading at around $1,854 a troy ounce, while WTI recovered to $105.00 a barrel.
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EUR/USD has extended its slide to a fresh three-week low near 1.0500 in the American session. Safe-haven flows dominate the financial markets after inflation and consumer confidence data from the US, providing a strong boost to the dollar ahead of the weekend.
GBP/USD has declined below 1.2400 for the first time in three weeks on Friday. The greenback continues to outperform its rivals on the back of the May inflation data and the disappointing consumer confidence report, weighing heavily on the pair.
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