Happy Friday, traders.
Welcome to our weekly market wrap, where we look back at these last five trading days with a focus on the market news, economic data and headlines that had the most impact on the financial market – and may continue to into the future for the US Dollar and other key correlated assets.
The US Dollar roared higher on Thursday, extending a recent winning streak. Over the past 2 weeks, the DXY Dollar Index is up about 2.2%. That is the best 10-day performance since September 2022. Let us take a closer look at the past 24 hours and what to expect into the end of the week.
Unsurprisingly, the 2-year Treasury yield has rallied over 8.5% over the past 2 weeks, marking the best performance over such a period since September 2022 as well. Rising near-term bond yields can be seen as a sign of rising confidence in the US economy.
During Thursday’s Wall Street session, reports crossed the wires that Congressmen on Capitol Hill are creating plans to vote in the short term on a bipartisan deal to raise the debt ceiling, opening the door to averting a default.
Meanwhile, timely data on the labor market showed signs of improvement. Initial jobless claims unexpectedly fell to 242k last week. Economists were eyeing a 251k increase. Still, both numbers are below the previous +264k print.
As a result, financial markets continued pricing out near-term rate cuts from the Federal Reserve amidst a still-tight labor market and sticky underlying inflation. Since last Wednesday, almost 2 rate cuts were taken off the outlook in one-years’ time.
This is likely why the US Dollar rallied. Heading into the remaining 24 hours, all eyes turn to a speech from Chair Jerome Powell and former Chair Bernanke during a policy panel. If the former continues cooling near-term Fed rate cut bets, USD could add momentum to its impressive rally.
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