Dollar Edges Higher; Central Bank Meetings in Focus By Investing.com

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By Peter Nurse

Investing.com – The dollar edged higher Tuesday, but remained near recent lows after last week’s frail jobs report while attention turns to a number of central bank meetings during the week. 

At 2:55 AM ET (0755 GMT), the Dollar Index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six other currencies, gained 0.2% to 92.215, rebounding a touch after falling to 91.941 for the first time since Aug. 4 on Friday. 

rose 0.1% to 109.92, fell 0.1% to 1.1865, just off last week’s high of 1.1909, while dropped 0.1% to 1.3824, after British house price growth dropped to 7.1% in August from 7.6% in July, the weakest reading in five months, according to mortgage lender Halifax.

Monday’s U.S. holiday limited activity in the foreign exchange markets, but the dollar remained near its lowest levels for a month after the latest U.S. disappointed, suggesting the U.S. Federal Reserve is likely to delay beginning its asset tapering.

The “chances of the Fed announcing tapering at the September 22nd meeting seem to be dwindling,” analysts at ING said, in a note, after only 235,000 payrolls were added in August, with a resurgence in Covid-19 infections hurting the catering sector, in particular.

Still, with the jobs report now out of the way, the focus is now on policy decisions outside the U.S.

dropped 0.3% to 0.7416, falling from the recent high of 0.7477, after the pushed ahead with a cautious winding back of its bond-buying program but extended the length of time it will exist.

The central bank said earlier Tuesday that they will purchase government bonds at a pace of A$4 billion ($3 billion) a week, down from A$5 billion previously. However, they will do this until at least mid-February, given the ongoing Covid virus wave, after originally planning to review the program in mid-November.

Next is the , which will hand down its policy decision on Wednesday. The Canadian dollar remains near its highest level in about three weeks, with this central bank seen as one of the more hawkish. 

is also due to meet on Wednesday, amid rising expectations for interest-rate increases with inflation recently hitting a two-decade high.

The on Thursday will probably be the week’s highlight, with hawkish members becoming more vocal about the gradual scaling back of the central bank’s monetary stimulus.

That view probably isn’t the majority in the governing council, but the debate is likely to become more vocal after euro area inflation surged to a 10-year high at 3% last week.

Finally, on Friday, meets just a couple of weeks after the country recorded weekly inflation that pushed annual inflation to a five-year high. It raised its benchmark policy rate by 100 bps to 6.5 percent during its July meeting, and is  expected to hike again.