Sunday, 18 October 2009
The dollar was slightly
The dollar was slightly firmer against the majors in the Wednesday session, pushing the euro off its session highs just shy of the 1.33-level toward the 1.32-handle and recovering above the 1.50-level versus the sterling. US equities were largely flat on the day with traders eyeing key earnings reports scheduled for the remainder of the week including JP Morgan, Citigroup and GE. The major driver of FX market moves continues to be global equity direction, with safe haven flows benefiting the dollar and yen. Economic data released earlier from the US included March CPI, NY Fed manufacturing, industrial output, capacity utilization, net capital flows and the NAHB housing market index. The March CPI declined by 0.1% versus an increase of 0.4% in the previous month, while the annualized CPI figure fell by 0.4% compared with +0.2% a year earlier. The core CPI figures increased by 0.2% on a monthly basis while the remaining unchanged at 1.8% on a yearly basis. The NY Fed manufacturing survey for April improved to -14.65 from a month earlier at -38.23. Industrial output was unchanged in March, falling by 1.5%, while capacity utilization eased to 69.3% from 70.2%.