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Dollar index cautious around two week low

Published on Apr 26, 2024 11:49

The dollar index stabilized around 105.6 on Friday, with investors adopting a cautious stance ahead of a crucial US inflation report for March. This release is expected to offer insights into the Federal Reserve`s future monetary policy direction.

On Thursday, the index dipped to nearly two-week lows following data indicating that the US economy expanded by an annualized 1.6% in the first quarter of 2024, marking its slowest growth in approximately two years. Despite this, underlying inflation showed signs of picking up during the same period. Additionally, the latest jobless claims data continued to signal a tight labor market, adding complexity to the outlook for potential Fed rate adjustments this year.

The dollar remained under pressure against most major currencies, although it continued to hover near 34-year highs against the yen. The Bank of Japan`s impending monetary policy decision added to the market`s cautious tone, with investors closely monitoring any developments that could impact currency movements.

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