The market sentiment improved amid the slowdown in virus cases. Let's have a closer look at the AUD, S&P 500, gold and the GBP.
Will the Fed make the US dollar rise?
The release of the Federal open market committee (FOMC) meeting minutes is scheduled on February 20, at 21.00 MT time. This is a detailed record of the previous FOMC meeting, which provides the insights into the economic and financial conditions that influenced the current monetary policy by the Fed. During the last meeting, the Federal Reserve said it would be "patient" before determining its next rate move. According to the Fed Chair Jerome Powell, the current level of the interest rate is appropriate for the current state of the economy. If the release of meeting minutes contains any hints on the further steps by the Federal Reserve, the USD will be supported.
• If the FOMC is hawkish, the USD will rise;
• If the FOMC is dovish, the USD will fall.
The overall market sentiment is mixed as new virus cases continue rising throughout the world, but most economic indicators came out better than analysts expected. Let’s look at the main market movements.
The market sentiment switched to risk-off after the Fed’s Powell statement. The USD edged higher, while risker assets started falling after reaching quite high levels. Let’s have a closer look.
The US NFP will be published on August 7 at 15:30 MT time.
The market sentiment is indeed risk-on today. Stocks, riskier currencies and gold are rising amid the waning US dollar.
Follow the BOE monetary policy and rate statements on August 6 at 14:00 MT time…