Australian Dollar Futures Market News and Commentary
The dollar index (DXY00) on Monday rose by +0.106 (+0.11%). Mar euro-fx futures (E6H0) closed down -0.0015 (-0.13%), and EUR/USD (^EURUSD) fell -0.0008 (-0.07%). Mar yen futures (J6H0) closed up +0.0028 (+0.30%), and USD/JPY (^USDJPY) fell -0.32 (-0.29%).
The dollar index climbed to a 1-3/4 month high Monday on weakness in EUR/USD. However, the upside in the dollar was limited by increased safe-haven demand for the yen and by Monday's sharp drop in T-note yields that was bearish for the dollar's interest rate differentials. The 10-year T-note yield on Monday fell to a 3-1/2 month low of 1.601%.
Monday's U.S. economic data was dollar negative after Dec new home sales unexpectedly fell -0.4% to a 5-month low of 694,000, weaker than expectations of +1.5% to 730,000.
USD/JPY tumbled to a 2-1/2 week low Monday as a slump in global equity markets sparked safe-haven buying of the yen. Stocks fell sharply Monday on concern about the negative impact on the global economy... Read more