MARKETS Forex

US Dollar may go down heading into FOMC minutes

Most currency pairs have been trading sideways so far this week as investors remained reluctant to choose sides between Dollar bears or bulls.

Obviously against this backdrop of uncertainties, the Japanese Yen took the best of the situation and extended gains as it returned below the 111 threshold. Investors will however slowly get out of the rut as a few pieces of key economic data are due for release before Friday, as well as the minutes of the March FOMC meeting.

The ADP job report is due for release at GMT 12:15 today. The market is expecting a much lower reading compared to February, when the pace of hiring exploded and printed at 298k versus 187k median forecast.

For March, the market is expecting a reading closer to 185k. On our side, we believe that there is a substantial chance that February’s reading will be revised downwards.

Over the last few months, the Federal Reserve has been slowly shifting its communication, putting less emphasis on the headline unemployment rate and the pace of job creation, but rather stressing developments in the underemployment rate and core inflation.

Today’s job report, just as Friday’s NFPs, will therefore have little impact on the course of the USD. On the other hand, March’s FOMC minutes that are due for release at GMT 18:00 could matter. Especially in the event of a dovish surprise which would eventually weigh on the greenback. The risk is definitely a downwards shift for the USD as we head into the minutes.


Arnaud Masset - Market Analyst - Swissquote

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