Foreign Exchange Market Update
July 31, 2015
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The U.S. dollar dropped the most since early June after a report showed U.S. wages rose last quarter at the slowest pace on record, weakening the case for the Federal Reserve to increase interest rates in September. The U.S. Dollar Spot Index dropped 0.5 percent to 1,204.57 as of 11:05 a.m. in New York, reaching the biggest decline since June 10.
British pound advanced 0.7 percent versus the dollar and made gains against most of the currencies of the U.K.’s developed-market peers. The British pound added 0.1 percent to $1.5620 on Friday as of 3:29 p.m. London time, as the U.S. dollar weakened after wages and salaries in the U.S. rose at the slowest pace on record in the second quarter. British pound depreciated 1.2 percent to 70.91 pence per Euro versus Thursday, erasing its weekly gain, as core inflation in the Euro area unexpectedly accelerated to the fastest in 15 months.
The euro-area inflation rate held steady in July; core inflation unexpectedly accelerated to 1 percent, the fastest in 15 months. The Euro was up 0.3 percent at $1.0964 as of 10:40 a.m. London time.
The biggest victims of the U.S. dollar’s renewed strength have been the currencies of commodity-exporting nations. The Australian, Canadian and New Zealand dollars are the worst performers among developed-market currencies since mid-May, when the U.S. currency started its rebound. A gauge of the U.S. currency climbed to the highest since March on Thursday after the Federal Reserve moved a step closer to raising interest rates. The New Zealand dollar, tumbling 12 percent since mid-May to 65.55 U.S. cents at 6:41 a.m. New York time. It fell 0.7 percent Friday as a measure of New Zealand’s business confidence unexpectedly slumped to a six-year low. The New Zealand’s central bank last week cut interest rates for the second time since June 10. The Australian dollar slid about 10 percent since May 15 to 72.56 U.S. cents and 8.19 per dollar. The Canadian dollar fell 8 percent to C$1.3037 per dollar.
Asian currencies weakened the most in 10 months in July as slowing economic growth and the prospect of higher U.S. interest rates spurred outflows. China yuan fell 0.14 percent in July, its biggest monthly loss since February, after the State Council said last week that the nation will make the currency more flexible.
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