Dollar Stabilizes as Markets Prepare For ECB

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On Wednesday, the dollar stabilized in a quiet market, with traders look to be waiting for a number of central bank meetings, most importantly the European Central Bank on Thursday.

The euro has gained almost 14 percent against the dollar since the start of 2017. Last week hit its highest levels since early 2015 as investors wage on a winding-back of the ECB’s stimulus program and retreated their predictions for further rate hikes from the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Among this hike in the euro – which is likely to drive down inflation – investors will be watching for indications that ECB President Mario Draghi has become concerned about the exchange rate, and that the currency’s strength could delay any policy tightening plans. The euro was flat at $1.1924, over a cent away from last week’s high of $1.2070.

“Right now everyone is basically waiting…for the ECB meeting tomorrow,” stated Commerzbank currency strategist Esther Reichelt.

“A lot will depend on how Draghi addresses the euro. I‘m quite confident that he’ll address it in some way but the question is whether he’ll address it strongly enough for the market to react.”

Despite the fact that the dollar had rebounded to trade flat against the yen by 1144 GMT, Reichelt added this did not mean markets had recovered their appetite for risk, directing to riskier currencies such as the Australian and New Zealand dollars were still firmly down on the day.


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