Dollar edges lower, but remains elevated after Powell's testimony - News Time

Dollar edges lower, but remains elevated after Powell’s testimony

By Peter Nurse – The U.S. dollar edged lower in early European trade Thursday, but remained elevated as Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell again pointed to further interest rate hikes to tackle inflation.
At 03:10 ET (08:10 GMT), the

Dollar Index

, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six other currencies, traded 0.1% lower at 105.543, remaining near its three-month peak of 105.880 hit in the previous session.


returned to Capitol Hill on Wednesday for the second day of his semi-annual testimony, this time in front of the House Financial Services Committee.
He repeated his previous comments that the U.S. central bank will likely need to raise

interest rates

more than expected, and possibly in larger steps, as recent economic data had proved to be stronger than expected, pointing to persistent inflationary pressures.
He did make the concession that the debate of future rate hikes, including the expected increase in March, was still underway and would be data-dependent.
This brings Friday’s official

jobs report

firmly into focus, especially after last month’s blockbuster report, and U.S.

jobless claims

data later on Thursday will act as a precursor.
Powell’s comments have pushed the


U.S. Treasury yield above 5.5%, at a 16-year high, while the


curve has inverted close to 110 basis points and is prompting growing fears of a Fed-induced recession.
“We cannot really look for a broad dollar decline until that disinflation story returns and acute U.S. yield curve inversion breaks by the short end coming lower,” said analysts at ING, in a note.


rose 0.1% to 1.0555 and


rose 0.1% to 1.1848, both recovering from their multi-month lows after the dollar edged lower.


fell 0.4% to 136.87, retreating from a near three-month high,


rose 0.4% to 0.6612, and


rose 0.3% to 6.9734, close to the widely-watched 7-per-dollar level after weaker-than-expected

inflation data

showed a hesitant Chinese economic recovery.


fell 0.1% to 1.3794 the day after the

Bank of Canada

suspended its monetary tightening, keeping its key overnight interest rate on hold at 4.50%.

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