US Dollar Slips as Investors Await Fed's Decision Amidst Yen's Rollercoaster Ride

US dollar weakens as investors await Fed's decision amidst yen volatility. Get the latest updates on currency markets here.

Apr 28, 2024 - 22:05
Apr 28, 2024 - 22:06
US Dollar Slips as Investors Await Fed's Decision Amidst Yen's Rollercoaster Ride
US Dollar Slips as Investors Await Fed's Decision Amidst Yen's Rollercoaster Ride

Early trading on Monday witnessed a subtle weakening of the US dollar, partially attributed to Japan's holiday. In contrast, the yen, euro, and pound lingered near their recent lows, echoing the tumultuous market activity experienced on Friday.

During this time frame, the yen was seen trading at 158.05 per dollar, marking a minor uptick of almost 0.2% amid Tokyo's quiet market due to the Golden Week holidays. Friday's trading session saw the yen fluctuating significantly, ranging between 158.445 and 154.97 following the Bank of Japan's policy announcement, which left traders expressing disappointment.

All eyes are now focused on the Federal Reserve's upcoming policy review slated for May 1st, with investors eagerly anticipating any developments, particularly in light of the recent US inflation data. Vishnu Varathan, Head of Asia Economics and Strategy at Mizuho Bank in Singapore, foresees heightened volatility in the dollar-yen pair leading up to the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting.

Market consensus suggests that the Federal Reserve is likely to maintain its benchmark interest rate within the 5.25% to 5.5% range during the April 30th to May 1st meeting. Moreover, investors currently project only one rate cut within the year, possibly occurring by November, according to the CME's FedWatch tool.

In addition to the Fed meeting anticipation, concerns linger regarding potential intervention by Japanese authorities to counter the yen's notable decline. Despite the yen experiencing a significant drop during Friday's trading, momentarily surging to 154.97 against the dollar, speculation arose about possible intervention by Japanese authorities to stabilize currency rates. The exact catalyst behind this sudden movement remains ambiguous.

Meanwhile, the pound sterling saw a marginal uptick, reaching $1.2509, although still below Friday's peak of $1.2541.

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