The US dollar fell sharply yesterday and remains weak this morning. US bond yields fell yesterday after the Federal Reserve's meeting minutes showed growing doubts regarding future inflation. The move may have been exacerbated thanks to limited trading - yesterday was a public holiday in Japan while US trading volumes are lower due to Thanksgiving holidays. Either way, the dollar sold off sharply against most currencies and the Japanese yen in particular. The US dollar remains in short-term oversold territory.
USD/JPY is flat and currently trading just above 111.20. EUR/USD is flat today and currently just above 1.1840. The pound is down today, with GBP/USD currently above 1.3290.
This week, we’ll see economic data including existing home sales, durable goods, as well as Markit PMIs. Existing home sales beat forecasts (5.48m vs. 5.42m expected) while the Chicago Fed National Activity Index was higher the previous print (0.65). Initial jobless claims (239k vs. 240k expected) and durable goods (-1.2% vs. 0.3% expected) both missed expectations. Consumer sentiment (98.5 vs 98 expected) was above average estimates. FOMC minutes suggested a tougher outlook for future inflation. Finally, on Friday we’ll get Markit PMIs. Last week CPI met estimates while Core CPI beat estimates.
As the dollar falls on tax-related disappointment, we are downgrading the US dollar to bearish. The currency is neither overbought nor oversold today, and trades within a normal range. This is based on technical indicators when looking at a weekly chart.