Salem Radio Network News Tuesday, July 5, 2022

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Dollar little changed as Treasury yields dip, economic data disappoints

By Stephen Culp

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The dollar pared earlier gains on Thursday as this week’s upward trajectory of in U.S. Treasury yields took a breather.

The greenback edged lower after weekly applications for unemployment insurance unexpectedly jumped to a three-month high.

A separate report showed that sales of pre-owned U.S. homes dropped by 4.6% in December, more than analysts anticipated.

“The dollar’s been soft this year,” said Marc Chandler, chief market strategist at Bannockburn Forex in New York. “The U.S. economy is facing big headwinds, which is why I’m not nearly as progressive as other people are on the Fed.”

“There’s so much tightening coming, and the economy seems to me a bit more vulnerable than many people expected,” Chandler added. “This means the dollar is going to have a tougher second half of the year than first half.”

U.S. benchmark 10-year note yields were at 1.8308%, off their two-year high of 1.902% reached on Wednesday.

The advance was driven by market expectations that the U.S. Federal reserve will tighten monetary policy at a faster pace than previously anticipated. Fed funds futures have fully priced in a rate hike in March and a total of four in 2022.

“The big focus is next week’s FOMC meeting and the market will probably be cautious ahead of the weekend, and that’s because of the geopolitical uncertainty at the Ukrainian border,” Chandler said, referring to the Federal Open Market Committee.

The Euro was last at $1.1311, below an earlier high of $1.1369.

The pound was 0.15% higher at $1.3636 and the yen was nominally lower 114.11 per dollar.

The Aussie firmed 0.64% to $0.7257, extending advances from the previous day, and the Canadian dollar pared earlier gains, with one U.S. dollar worth C$1.2483.

The Norwegian crown fell after the central bank voted to keep interest rates on hold at 0.5% and said it was on track for an interest rate hike in March.

The crown was last down nearly 0.2% against both the euro and the dollar.

Among cryptocurrencies, bitcoin was most recently up 3.6% at $43,182, while smaller rival ether gained 5.5% at $3,249.

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Currency bid prices at 10:18AM (1518 GMT)

Description RIC Last U.S. Close Pct Change YTD Pct High Bid Low Bid

Previous Change

Session

Dollar index

95.5880 95.6000 +0.00% -0.078% +95.6670 +95.4170

Euro/Dollar

$1.1331 $1.1344 -0.11% -0.33% +$1.1369 +$1.1329

Dollar/Yen

114.1100 114.2100 -0.10% -0.80% +114.5400 +114.0400

Euro/Yen

129.29 129.67 -0.29% -0.79% +130.0800 +129.3100

Dollar/Swiss

0.9154 0.9156 -0.02% +0.36% +0.9161 +0.9141

Sterling/Dollar

$1.3636 $1.3613 +0.15% +0.81% +$1.3650 +$1.3599

Dollar/Canadian

1.2483 1.2516 -0.27% -1.27% +1.2516 +1.2474

Aussie/Dollar

$0.7257 $0.7211 +0.64% -0.16% +$0.7267 +$0.7207

Euro/Swiss

1.0373 1.0385 -0.12% +0.04% +1.0395 +1.0373

Euro/Sterling

0.8308 0.8332 -0.29% -1.10% +0.8338 +0.8310

NZ

Dollar/Dollar $0.6789 $0.6787 +0.06% -0.78% +$0.6798 +$0.6756

Dollar/Norway

8.7705 8.7745 -0.16% -0.56% +8.8075 +8.7555

Euro/Norway

9.9410 9.9580 -0.17% -0.72% +9.9881 +9.9333

Dollar/Sweden

9.1296 9.1118 +0.09% +1.24% +9.1486 +9.0878

Euro/Sweden

10.3451 10.3362 +0.09% +1.09% +10.3731 +10.3257

(Reporting by Stephen Culp; additional reporting by Tommy Wilkes; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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