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US Dollar (DXY) Index News: DXY Stable as Markets Anticipate PCE Data Release

By:
James Hyerczyk
Published: Feb 26, 2024, 14:11 GMT+00:00

Key Points:

  • US Dollar Index steady, awaiting pivotal PCE data
  • Inflation figures from key regions to impact Forex
  • Central bank decisions crucial for dollar's direction
US Dollar Index (DXY)

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The dollar index is currently trading steady to lower as traders are closely watching a series of crucial data releases this week. The spotlight is on the upcoming U.S. core personal consumption expenditures (PCE) price index, which is shaping up to be a key indicator for the future interest rate decisions of the Federal Reserve.

Inflation Data in Focus

Globally, various regions are releasing their inflation figures, with the euro zone, Japan, and Australia’s data being keenly monitored. These releases are complementing the anticipation around the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s rate decision and China’s PMI surveys. All these factors are collectively influencing the forex market’s movements.

Euro’s Steady Climb

In the forex market, the euro is currently making gains, trading slightly up at $1.0834. This upward trend is occurring against the backdrop of the European Central Bank’s (ECB) firm stance on tackling inflation, particularly in the service sector and wage growth. The ECB’s reluctance to discuss rate cuts is also playing a part in the euro’s current trajectory.

Yen’s Struggles

On the other side, the yen is facing challenges, trading marginally lower at 150.61 per dollar. Japan’s expected slowdown in core inflation is complicating the Bank of Japan’s (BOJ) efforts to phase out negative interest rates. Additionally, Japan’s recent entry into a technical recession is affecting market sentiment towards the yen.

Sterling’s Mixed Performance

Sterling is currently experiencing mixed movements, showing a slight increase against the dollar but a small decrease against the euro. These fluctuations reflect the ongoing economic developments and market expectations.

Short-Term Forecast for the Dollar Index

Looking ahead, the dollar index is poised for potential modest gains, especially if the U.S. PCE data exceeds market expectations. The global economic data and central bank decisions unfolding are likely to play a significant role in shaping the dollar’s path in the short term. Traders are maintaining a watchful eye on these developments, ready to respond to any significant economic indicators.

Technical Analysis

Daily US Dollar Index (DXY)

The tone of the market on Monday is likely to be determined by trader reaction to the 200-day moving average at 103.730.

A sustained move over 103.730 will indicate the presence of buyers, trying to defend the long-term trend against a sharp break into the 50-day moving average, or intermediate trend at 103.154.

The U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) could straddle this moving average until the release of Thursday’s PCE Inflation report.

About the Author

James is a Florida-based technical analyst, market researcher, educator and trader with 35+ years of experience. He is an expert in the area of patterns, price and time analysis as it applies to futures, Forex, and stocks.

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