The US Dollar softened in the Asian session today following a solid rally in the aftermath of Federal Reserve speakers spelling out the plan for interest rate rises.
GBP/USD managed a small uptick in the face of the rating agency Fitch’s alarm bell and downgrading the outlook for the UK to negative.
The market had hopes that the Fed will bring their aggressive rate tightening to an end. They have however been disappointed by the hawkish stance of Fed speakers, especially San Francisco Fed President Mary Daly.
She has had her hands full in the past days, ensuring that the market is ready for another large hike at the next Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting in early November.
The market is pricing in a 75bp hike and the 1-year Treasury yield is again approaching 4.20%.
The OPEC+ cut oil production by 2 million barrels per day with the WTI futures contract near US$ 89 bbl while the Brent contract is around US$ 93.50 bbl at the time of going to print. The market has accepted the turn of events.
Gold came in slightly higher, trading above US$ 1,720 an ounce working with US equity indexes. APAC equites were mixed after Wall Street closed slightly lower. Japan was up, Hong Kong was down and Australia was flat while China is still on holiday.