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08.05.2024 Market Report


EUR/USD extends its losses for the second successive session, trading around 1.0750 during the Asian session on Wednesday. The US Dollar gains ground due to the expectations of the Federal Reserve’s prolonging higher interest rates.


The GBP/USD pair trades on a softer note around 1.2500 on Wednesday during the Asian session. The USD Index recovers modestly to 105.40, which drags the major pair lower. Investors focus on the upcoming Bank of England’s monetary policy meeting.


The USD/JPY pair trades in positive territory for the third consecutive day around 154.75 during the early Asian session on Wednesday. The higher-for-longer US rate narrative continues to support the US Dollar (USD) and lift the pair. Nonetheless, further steps from Japanese authorities to prevent the Japanese Yen’s current weakness might cap the pair’s upside in the near term. 


The Australian Dollar (AUD) has plunged following the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA)’s decision to maintain its interest rate at 4.35% on Tuesday. Investor sentiment leaned toward a potentially more hawkish stance from the RBA, particularly after last week’s inflation data surpassed expectations. However, the RBA acknowledged that recent advancements in curbing inflation have halted, maintaining its forward guidance of “not ruling anything in or out.”


NZD/USD trades around 0.5990 during the Asian session on Wednesday, marking a second consecutive day of losses. This decline is likely influenced by the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) sentiment of maintaining higher interest rates for an extended period. Furthermore, hawkish remarks from Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari have strengthened the US Dollar, thereby exerting downward pressure on the NZD/USD pair.


The USD/CAD pair continues to advance for the second consecutive session, hovering around 1.3750 during the Asian trading hours on Wednesday. This upward movement is attributed to the stronger US Dollar (USD), fueled by the prevailing hawkish sentiment surrounding the Federal Reserve (Fed) and expectations of sustained higher interest rates. Additionally, comments from Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari on Tuesday contributed to the strength of the USD by suggesting a potential for rate hikes.


USD/CHF treads water to hold position, hovering around 0.9060 during the early European hours. The upward correction in the US Dollar (USD) provides support for the USD/CHF pair. However, The Greenback could face resistance due to investors’ optimism following the softer US labor data on Friday. This development has reignited hopes for potential interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve (Fed) in 2024.


Oil prices fell in early Asian trade on Wednesday as industry data showed a pile up in both crude and fuel inventories in the U.S., a sign of weak demand, and cautious supply expectations emerged ahead of an OPEC+ policy meeting next month.


Gold price attracts some buyers during the Asian trading hours on Wednesday. Safe-haven demand, fueled by geopolitical tensions and uncertainty, as well as ongoing central bank purchases, might contribute to a rally in gold. 

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