Dollar Consolidates after Yesterday's Big Gains - BBH

Dollar Consolidates after Yesterday's Big Gains - BBH

19 May 2016, 13:38
Roberto Jacobs
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Dollar Consolidates after Yesterday's Big Gains - BBH

Research Team at BBH, notes that the FOMC minutes came in on the hawkish side and the statement that “most” Fed officials saw a June hike as “likely” if warranted by the economy did the trick.

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“Other portions of the minutes were more balanced, but that first headline was all that the dollar bulls needed. Some officials cited Brexit and China as risks that need “close monitoring.” We don't think June hike is a done deal by any means, but markets will have to reassess the low probability being assigned to a move then.

The US two-year premium over Germany widened by nearly 6 bp yesterday and is 14 bp wider on the week. It was the biggest advance in a little more than two months, and at 141 bp, it is at levels not seen since mid-March. The 2-year UST yield rose 6 bp to 0.89% yesterday, the highest since mid-March, while the Fed funds futures market saw implied yields rise across the strip to highs not seen since March.

The dollar is consolidating yesterday's gains. The euro has barely been able to bounce off its lows just ahead of $1.1200. This is an important technical area. A break of it may see the euro fall first to $1.1145 on its way to $1.1070. The greenback's advance above JPY110 is likely to modify the G7 meeting this weekend. In some important ways, it supports the US Treasury's argument. Intervention is not necessary. It is not one-way market. Volatility is not extreme. The markets are fairly orderly.”


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