Global FX Market Summary: US, FED, Gold,Eurozone  April 5 ,2024

Dmitry Chernovolov Market Analyst

The strong US jobs data, hawkish Fed comments, and mixed Eurozone data all contributed to a stronger US Dollar, while geopolitical tensions boosted safe-haven Gold prices.

US Dollar Strengthens on Strong Jobs Data and Hawkish Fed

The US Dollar (USD) rallied significantly after the release of upbeat US Nonfarm Payrolls data. This data showed a substantial increase in jobs created in March, exceeding expectations and pointing to a robust US labor market. As a consequence, investors flocked to the USD, weakening the Euro (EUR) and the British Pound (GBP).

Fed Rate Cut Expectations Weaken

Expectations for a Federal Reserve rate cut in June diminished following hawkish comments from Fed officials, including Lorie Logan and Neel Kashkari. These comments suggested the Fed might delay rate cuts due to potential upside risks to inflation. Additionally, the strong US jobs data further bolstered the case for maintaining current interest rates. This stance by the Fed further weakened the Euro and British Pound as hopes for a rate cut in June faded.

Geopolitical Tensions Drive Gold Prices Higher

Escalating geopolitical tensions in the Middle East, particularly the air strikes on the Iranian embassy in Damascus, heightened risk aversion among investors. This risk aversion behavior triggered a flight-to-safety, pushing investors towards safe-haven assets like Gold (XAU/USD). As a result, Gold prices surged to record highs despite the strong US Dollar. Investors viewed Gold not only as a safe haven but also as a hedge against inflation and economic uncertainty.

Mixed Eurozone Data Weakens the Euro

Economic data from the Eurozone presented a mixed picture. While Germany’s Factory Orders improved, suggesting a positive trend in manufacturing, Retail Sales contracted, indicating a potential slowdown in consumer spending. This uncertainty surrounding the Eurozone’s economic health weakened the Euro against the US Dollar. Investors are now looking towards the upcoming European Central Bank meeting for clues on the future direction of the Euro’s monetary policy and its impact on the currency.

 

Economic Highlights:

April 8, 2024:

 

15:15 – SNB’s Chairman Jordan speech (CHF): Speeches by central bank officials can provide insights into monetary policy decisions and the overall economic outlook.

18:00 – FOMC Minutes (USD): The release of the minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting can provide details on the discussions and decisions regarding monetary policy.

April 9, 2024:

 

08:00 – ECB Bank Lending Survey (EUR): The European Central Bank’s (ECB) Bank Lending Survey provides important insights into credit conditions and lending trends in the eurozone.

April 10, 2024:

 

12:45 – ECB Press Conference (EUR): ECB press conferences are crucial as they often include details on monetary policy decisions, economic forecasts, and insights into future policy directions.

13:45 – BoC Interest Rate Decision (CAD): The Bank of Canada’s interest rate decision can have significant impacts on currency markets and overall economic sentiment.

14:00 – BoC Monetary Policy Report (CAD): The BoC’s Monetary Policy Report provides detailed analysis and insights into the factors influencing monetary policy decisions.

18:00 – FOMC Minutes (USD): Similar to the earlier FOMC minutes release, this provides insights into the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy decisions and economic outlook.

April 11, 2024:

 

12:15 – ECB Main Refinancing Operations Rate (EUR): The ECB’s decision on the main refinancing rate is a key indicator of its monetary policy stance and can impact currency markets.

12:45 – ECB Press Conference (EUR): As mentioned earlier, ECB press conferences provide crucial insights into monetary policy decisions and future economic outlook.

18:00 – FOMC Minutes (USD): The release of FOMC minutes again provides insights into the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy discussions and outlook.

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